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January 19, 2022

Congresswoman Bourdeaux Pushes Senate To End The Filibuster And Pass Voting Rights Protections

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) released the following statement regarding the latest effort to pass the Freedom To Vote Act in the Senate. The bill restores the full force of the Voting Rights Act and protects our elections from voter suppression, partisan sabotage, gerrymandering, and dark money.

Rep. Bourdeaux has a long history of defending voting rights and has worked tirelessly since taking office to pass legislation aimed at protecting access to the ballot box. 

Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux said, “Access to the ballot box is fundamental to our democracy, but in states like Georgia, this constitutional right is under attack. 

“Republican suppression tactics affect us all. In 2018, one-third of rejected absentee ballots in Georgia were from my home county of Gwinnett. In turn, I brought litigation to fight suppression efforts and in 2020 devoted a wing of my campaign to voter protection activities. 

“I am proud of my work to protect voting rights, including strong support and advocacy for the “For the People Act” and the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act” — both of which I voted to pass in the House. Yet, the Senate has consistently failed to do its part. It is critical that we find a way through on this issue. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux has been at the forefront of the fight to protect voting rights. As a new Member of Congress, her first amendment directly combatted SB 202 by protecting vote-by-mail and ensuring access to secure drop boxes. She is a strong supporter of passing federal legislation to protect the right to vote as an original cosponsor and supporter of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) and a strong supporter of the Freedom to Vote Act. And she testified before the House Judiciary Committee and the Committee on House Administration to educate my colleagues on these efforts and urge that we pass legislation to stop these tactics. 

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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, and 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