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File #: 210211    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/11/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/18/2021
Title: Urging U.S. Senators Casey and Toomey, and the U.S. Senate to pass H.R. 1/S.R. 1, "For the People Act".
Sponsors: Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21021100, 2. Signature21021100
Urging U.S. Senators Casey and Toomey, and the U.S. Senate to pass H.R. 1/S.R. 1, "For the People Act".

WHEREAS, There has been an unprecedented attack on voting rights in many states across the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that had required states and municipalities that had a history of racial discrimination to receive clearance from the Justice Department or federal court in Washington, D.C. before they made minor changes to voting procedures; and

WHEREAS, Since the 2013 ruling, states have reintroduced a number of measures to restrict voting rights; and

WHEREAS, According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 165 restrictive voting rights bills have been introduced in 33 states; and

WHEREAS, This February, state legislators here in Pennsylvania introduced 14 restrictive voting rights bills that would eliminate vote by mail and no-excuse absentee ballots, require signature matches on outer envelopes and ballots, exclude all mail-in ballots if not received by election day regardless of postmark date, and require that voters annually re-apply for mail-in ballots; and

WHEREAS, At a time when our country is more divided than ever, we need foundational change to break the gridlock, make progress, and save lives; and

WHEREAS, The wave of discriminatory practices such as voter ID laws, voter purges, and the closing of polling places that states rushed to implement after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 2013, came to the forefront in the 2020 elections; and

WHEREAS, The Government Accountability Office has found that Voter ID laws disproportionately target and affect low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities, and effectively lowers participation rates in elections; and

WHEREAS, The 2020 election was filled with confusion over new vote by mail rules, differences in deadlines and curing proc...

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