WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Friday, January 14, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will hold a virtual discussion with civil rights leaders from across the Commonwealth to discuss the need to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, legislation to protect voting rights, ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The event comes as the Senate prepares to vote on voting rights legislation. The Virginia leaders participating are from Albemarle County, Chesterfield County, Caroline County, Hanover County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Stafford, Winchester, Fredericksburg, Loudoun County, King William County, Roanoke, Danville, Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, and Portsmouth.
Kaine, a former civil rights attorney, has long fought to protect voting rights and expand access to the ballot box.
In September 2021, Kaine introduced the Freedom to Vote Act to improve access to the ballot for Americans, advance commonsense election integrity reforms, and protect our democracy from attacks. The Freedom to Vote Act contains provisions expanding voting by mail, early voting, and taking other steps to make voting easier and safer.
Kaine is also an original cosponsor of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, introduced in October 2021. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore safeguards against potential restrictive changes to voting rules after the Supreme Court gutted those protections in its Shelby County decision in 2013.
Earlier this week, Kaine joined Senate Democrats at a press conference, where he spoke about the importance of protecting the right to vote. Last week, Kaine also delivered a floor speech on his work to pass voting rights legislation.