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Congressman Brendan Boyle Co-Sponsors Important Voter Empowerment Act

March 20, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC-  Today, Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA-13) joined more than 175 Democrats supporting the Voter Empowerment Act in the House of Representatives.  The Voter Empowerment Act will help ensure equal access to the ballot for every eligible voter nationwide, modernize our voter registration system to help more Americans participate, and take steps to eliminate deceptive practices and voter fraud that deter voters from casting their ballots. 

“In Pennsylvania, under our previous Republican Governor, we came dangerously close to depriving many Philadelphians of their right to vote,” said Congressman Boyle.  “Now, as a Member of Congress, I will fight to make sure voters nationwide are protected from such threats to our democracy.”

Congressman Boyle joined lead sponsors Rep. John Lewis (D-GA-5), House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD-5), Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC-6), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI-13), and Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA-1) in the reintroduction of  the Voter Empowerment Act in the House of Representatives.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will introduce a companion version in the Senate.

On March 21, 1965, thousands of protestors marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to underscore the need for voting rights legislation that assured access to the ballot box for millions of Americans.  Today, sponsors offer the Voter Empowerment Act as a continuation of the ongoing effort to ensure that every American has an equal and fair opportunity to make their voice heard through the electoral process.  At a time when some states have implemented or are planning to implement new barriers for voters – often seniors, students, low-income Americans, members of our Armed Services, the disabled, or non-native English speakers – Democrats recognize the need to safeguard our hard-fought democratic progress and protect voting access for all Americans.