U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) is co-sponsoring the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2015, which updates federal pre-clearance provisions from the original Voting Rights Act, signed into law 50 years ago on Aug. 6, 1965.
The Supreme Court ruled the provisions unconstitutional recently in Shelby County v. Holder. Original federal preclearance provisions required review by a federal court before an offending state or local municipality could change election laws.
“As a proud member of the party of Lincoln from the Land of Lincoln, I take great pride — and responsibility — in promoting a strong republic, where all women and men are equal and a part of the system that chooses our leaders and promotes a more just society," Hultgren said. "Federal pre-clearance provisions are vital for protecting against potential infringements on our society’s foundational right to vote through local laws targeting minority communities."
Born and raised in Illinois, and having spent more than 15 years serving Illinois and its citizens at multiple levels of government, Hultgren represents the state’s 14th Congressional District, which includes seven suburban counties, including McHenry, Lake, Kendall, Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Will.