Press Release ● Voting Rights
For Immediate Release: 
September 25, 2018
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on National Voter Registration Day: 

“The right to vote is the foundation of our system of democratic government, and on National Voter Registration Day I urge every American to exercise that right.  Too many Americans believe that their government is rigged against them, in part because many states and localities have made it harder to cast ballots and have a say in policymaking.  That’s why I unveiled a government reform agenda earlier this month that could be passed in the opening days of a Democratic Majority, one that includes a number of provisions to protect voters and increase voter participation.  Among them are making voter registration automatic, restoring voting rights for those who have paid their debts to society, expanding early voting, and restoring the protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  One of my partners in this effort is Rep. John Lewis, who risked his life during the Civil Rights Movement to register people to vote so all voices could be heard. 

“As we mark National Voter Registration Day this year, I thank voter registration organizations and activists for their hard work as well as Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert Brady for his bill to make voter registration automatic and Rep. Terri Sewell for leading the charge to restore the Voting Rights Act.  I call on every American to get registered and make a plan to vote on November 6.  No matter who one supports, every voice is critical in the selection of the 116th Congress and state office-holders.  Good government – government that works of, by, and for the people – requires broad and energetic participation by all the people.  Democrats are committed to making sure that will always be possible.”