Pelosi Statement on Voter Empowerment Act

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Voter Empowerment Act, which was introduced by Congressman John Lewis, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, Congressman John Conyers, and Congressman Robert Brady:     

“All Americans have a fundamental right to participate in our electoral process.  Far too often, however, voices are silenced with discriminatory barriers, and many across the country are not only enforcing those barriers but enacting new restrictive measures.

“That is why House Democrats took action today, rolling out the Voter Empowerment Act to protect and promote voting rights.  Rooted in the simple, basic principle that we must ensure the right of every citizen to vote and every vote to be counted, this critical legislation achieves three key goals: improving access, protecting integrity, and ensuring accountability.

“From the Voting Rights Act to the DISCLOSE Act to today’s Voter Empowerment Act, House Democrats will always fight for fairness and opportunity at the polls for all Americans.”