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August 17, 2021

Rep. Bourdeaux Joins Colleagues to Introduce H.R. 4, The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, to Restore Protections of The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) joined over 190 of her colleagues to introduce H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This critical legislation would restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) which were gutted by the Supreme Court in the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision and more recently in the 2021 Brnovich v. DNC decision. 

The bill aims to protect voters from discrimination by restoring and strengthening the protections of the VRA. The introduction of H.R. 4 comes amid the most coordinated state-level effort to restrict the right to vote in generations and follows a months-long investigation by the House Committee on Administration and House Committee on the Judiciary into the status of voting rights in America. 

The House is expected to vote on H.R. 4 next week.

I have long promised that one of my top priorities in Congress would be to ensure the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and today I am proud to keep that commitment. Our home state of Georgia consistently places barriers between citizens and the vote, and I have fought against one barrier after the next over the years in Georgia’s 7th district, ” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux “Voting is a right and a duty, but we can’t expect people to care, participate, and share their ideas for our nation’s future if we make voting inaccessible.” 

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, an economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.