September 19, 2023

On National Voter Registration Day, Wyden, Veasey Introduce Resolution to Recognize September as National Voting Rights Month

More than 67 Members of Congress to Co-sponsor

Washington, D.C.U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Representative Marc Veasey, D-Texas, led colleagues today on National Voter Registration Day to introduce a resolution recognizing September as “National Voting Rights Month.”

“The right to vote is the backbone of American democracy - this right is under attack by MAGA Republicans who seek to disenfranchise voters,” Wyden said. “Congressman Veasey and I want to make it loud and clear that preserving access to the ballot box and ensuring all Americans have a voice in our democracy must be a priority.”

“Today, I am proud to join Senate Ron Wyden (D-OR) to reintroduce our bicameral resolution marking September as a National Voting Rights Month to underscore our work to ensure every American can exercise their essential right to vote,” said Rep. Veasey. “As co-founder of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, I will continue to use every tool I can to raise awareness of the critical issue of voter suppression and continue to urge my colleagues in Congress to pass legislation that restore the Voting Rights Act.

The resolution will encourage voter registration in the month of September and push Congress to preserve the right to vote by restoring the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This is imperative amid Republican-led voter suppression attempts.

The resolution is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Carper, D-Del., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Alex Padilla, D-Calif., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Bob Casey, D-Pa., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Tina Smith, D-Minn., Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., Chris Coons, D-Del., Peter Welch, D-Vt., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Angus King, I-Maine., John Fetterman, D-Pa., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Jack Reed, D-R.I., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Mark Warner, D-Va., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Ben Cardin, D-Md.

The resolution is cosponsored by U.S. Representatives Alma Adams, D-N.C., Nanette Barragan, D-Calif., Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., Shontel Brown, D-Ohio, Andre Carson, D-Ind., Tony Carter, D-La., Yvette Clarke,  D-N.Y., Jim Costa, D-Calif., Susan DelBene, D-Wash., Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., Dwight Evans, D-Pa., Al Green, D-Texas, Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Jonathan Jackson, D-Ill., Henry Johnson, D-Ga., Andy Kim, D-N.J., Raja Krishnamoorthi ,D-Ill., Grace Meng, D-N.Y., Gwen Moore, D-Wis., Kevin Mullin, D-Calif., Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., Elanor Norton, D-D.C., Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., John Sarbanes, D-Md., Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill., David Scott, D-Ga., Robert Scott, D-Va., Terri Sewell, D-Ala., Haley Stevens, D-Mich., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Mark Takano, D-Calif., Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., Nikema Williams, D-Ga., and Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.

This resolution has been endorsed by End Citizens United, We Defend the Vote, Stand Up America.

The text of the bill is here.