House Passes John Lewis Voting Rights Act

The bill passed 219-212 along party lines.

H.R.4, known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, passed the House by a slim margin. The law is named after the late civil rights leader. The voting bill outlines a new, expanded formula that the Department of Justice can use to identify discriminatory voting patterns in states and local jurisdictions. Those entities would then need to get DOJ approval before making further changes to election regulations. The bill also includes a provision designed to counter the summer’s Supreme Court ruling that made it harder to challenge potentially discriminatory voting changes.

A companion bill, known as the For the People Act, has stalled in the Senate amid opposition and disagreement among partisans about whether to change procedural rules in the evenly divided Senate to get it passed.

The Lewis bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of Congress to seek God’s guidance in approaching election reforms.
  • For the Senate when the time comes for them to consider the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
  • For U.S. governing officials trying to ensure fair and accurate elections and confidence in the results.

Sources: The Hill, Fox News


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