Protect Voting Rights & Representation In Our Nation

NBJC has made the promotion of public policy solutions that respond to the critical needs of our community as an essential component of our advocacy and action.  In support of our efforts, we encourage YOU to ensure your elected officials support the following legislation designed to promote a more just and equitable society where the ability to exercise the right to vote is enjoyed by all.  


HR 2978/S 1419| Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA)

  • The Voting Rights Advancement Act is a response to the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling in Shelby v. Holder where the Supreme Court struck down two key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, strict rules for states to make no changes to voter laws without federal approval and a formula for determining which states would be subject to the law.

  • The new bill creates a new formula, but puts 13 states – Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, Arizona, California, New York, and Virginia – back under federal authority for any voting changes.

  • The legislation would also require states with repeated and persistent violations of voting rights to be subject to federal oversight for 10 years after which they could be removed from the list if they established a clean record. It also would review state laws that require photo IDs to vote and that reduce multilingual voting materials and allow federal courts to intervene when questionable voting practices are employed.

  • The bill was reintroduced in Congress in 2017 by lead sponsors Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT).


HR 3273/S 1570| LGBT Data Inclusion Act

  • Since taking office, the Trump Administration has aggressively worked to eliminate government surveys that ensure LGBTQ/SGL people are fully counted, which matters in part because the Census is used to apportion resources to identified communities. This administration is actively working to erase marginalized and oppressed communities from upcoming 2020 Census data collection and other important federal surveys that ensure policymakers have the right information to empower our communities with our share of federal resources.  

  • The LGBT Data Inclusion Act would require uniformity among all federal agencies to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity for federal surveys that currently include demographic data, information about the race or ethnicity, sex, and age of a survey participant through self-reported information or proxy reporting by a head of household, such as the Census.

  • The bill was reintroduced in Congress in 2017 by lead sponsors Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI).


Call To Action:


(202) 224-3121


Call your Representative & Senators to make sure

they are supporting these important pieces of legislation that ensure our communities’ REPRESENTATION!!!