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December 6, 2019

UFCW Applauds House Passage of Voting Rights Advancement Act

America’s Largest Private Sector Union Calls Bill Passage Biggest Victory for Access to Democracy Since Voting Rights Act of 1965

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) applauded passage of H.R. 4, the “Voting Rights Advancement Act” by the U.S. House of Representatives and released the following statement:

“The Voting Rights Advancement Act is a critical step forward in ensuring that every eligible voter across the country has the right to have their voice heard. Further, it will go a long way towards righting years of decisions and efforts by state and local politicians to prevent millions of Americans from voting.

“Together, we can ensure that no one group is singled out and that every person, regardless of their race, economic status or political affiliation, has access to the ballot box.”

Background:

  • Since the 2013 Shelby County vs. Holder decision by the Supreme Court rolling back key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many states and localities have implemented efforts that make it more difficult for lower income people and people of color to vote.
  • In response, the “Voting Rights Advancement Act” or VRAA would modernize and enhance federal protections on access to the vote for all Americans.
  • H.R. 4, the VRAA, passed the house on a December 6, 2019 with bipartisan support.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org