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The House is expected to vote on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act this week.

The Voting Rights Advancement Act will be voted on soon. Here's what to know.

As the House returns from recess this week, Democrats will make their latest push for a major upgrade to voting rights protections nationally.

The long-awaited John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act was introduced by Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama last week, and House Democratic leaders say a vote on the bill is imminent.

Voting rights advocates believe the VRAA would provide critical protections for minority voters at a time when many states are enacting new limits on voting access. But like the For the People Act, it's unclear how the VRAA will overcome a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar leads a Rules Committee field hearing in Georgia to examine GOP-proposed voting bills.

Senate Democrats take fight to protect voting rights to Georgia

Originally published by The 19th

ATLANTA — Senate Democrats, with their options limited in Washington, were in Atlanta on Monday to hold a rare field hearing they hope will draw public attention to restrictive voting bills proposed or enacted by Republican state legislatures.

Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic head of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which oversees federal elections along with the chamber's day-to-day procedures, said the panel decided to convene its first field hearing in more than 20 years in Georgia because its legislature passed an “egregious" restrictive voting law earlier this year.

“We cannot keep our heads in the ground, you've got to go out there and see exactly what's happening," Klobuchar told The 19th ahead of the hearing.

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Voters cast their ballots in Atlanta for the 2020 general election.

In Georgia, the most insidious suppression may be weakening the will to vote

Dzieduszycka-Suinat is the president of the U.S. Vote Foundation, a nonprofit that works to ensure that all citizens become voters.

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Gov. Ralph Northam signed the bill after it was passed along party lines in the General Assembly.

Virginia is first Southern state to adopt its own voting rights act

Almost eight years after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Virginia has become the first Southern state to restore protections for minority voters.

The landmark bill, championed by Democrats in the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, aims to prevent the implementation of discriminatory voting standards.

The victory for voting rights advocates starkly contrasts the nationwide efforts by Republican lawmakers to roll back access to the ballot box, disproportionately impacting non-white, poor, elderly and disabled voters. So far this year more than 250 restrictive bills had been introduced in nearly every state.

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