WASHINGTON — In commemoration of Black History Month, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) today released a memo highlighting the status of anti-voter laws, which disproportionately target people of color, in state legislatures across the country. Just one month into 2022, Republican state legislators have already introduced nearly 200 anti-voter bills. Arizona Republican Rep. John Fillmore, summing up the GOP’s view on the freedom to vote, said last week, “We need to get back to 1958-style voting.” Given the current political landscape, the best path forward to protecting and expanding the right to vote is undoubtedly through state legislatures.
“As we recognize Black History Month and celebrate the great achievements of the Black community, we must also confront our country’s dark past – and present – of upholding white supremacy and taking away the voices, power, and self-determination of Black Americans,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “One of the most significant and horrifying recurring trends is the GOP’s systematic campaign to create deliberate barriers to vote for people of color. Democracy only works if it includes all of us and that’s why the DLCC is focused on electing Democrats to state legislatures who will protect and expand the freedom to vote. We must pour more resources, support, and attention into winning state legislative races to make the promise of democracy real for all Americans — not just a select few.”