NVRI E-News: October 27, 2005



The Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been called one of the most important and effective laws in American history. And as you know, in August of 2007, key provisions of the law will expire unless Congress votes to reauthorize them. If you have not yet done so, we urge you to contact your Congressional representatives and urge their support of reauthorization.

On Saturday October 29, NVRI Managing Attorney Brenda Wright will present testimony in Jackson, Mississippi, about the critical need to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act. The attached flier describes the hearing, which is only the latest in a series of hearings being held by the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act, of which NVRI is a co-sponsor. And on Tuesday, November 1, Wright will testify about the Voting Rights Act before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

NVRI will post Wright�s comments as soon as they have been delivered.

To read more about the need to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, you can review the Commission�s website at http://www.votingrightsact.org/

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund also has a great website about the history of the Voting Rights Act entitled "The VRA in 28 days." You can see it here.

And NVRI Executive Director Stuart Comstock-Gay wrote an article for TomPaine.com, discussing the importance of reauthorization. See it here.

As always, thanks for your support of NVRI and of a fair and free democracy.

Stuart Comstock-Gay
Executive Director
National Voting Rights Institute