House passes Rep. Sewell's voting rights legislation

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- One House Republican joined all House Democrats in passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019, a bill that updates the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) has been pushing for voter rights reform her entire tenure in Congress. (Source: Gray DC)

This bill establishes new criteria for determining which states must obtain preclearance before changes to voting practices in these areas may take effect. This means getting approval from the Department of Justice before making legal changes that would affect voting rights.

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) sponsored the legislation and has spearheaded the effort throughout her career in Congress. She says Alabama's history with voting rights and suppression made this an effort dear to her heart.

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