Testimony to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on Enhancing the Voting Rights ActJuly 27, 2021
President & Executive Director John C. Yang submitted testimony on why the VRA is critical for Asian Americans amid ongoing discrimination and voter suppression
Type:Testimony / Statement
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC submitted this testimony for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing on “The Need to Enhance the Voting Rights Act: Practice-Based Coverage." The testimony details the history of discrimination against Asian Americans, demographics of the Asian American community, the ongoing discrimination Asian Americans face in the Post-Shelby County world, and the need to restore and strengthen the VRA through modernizing how to determine coverage for Section 5 preclearance, including the importance of practice-based preclearance to protect Asian American voters. While Asian Americans are the nation’s fastest growing racial group and are quickly becoming a significant electoral force in jurisdictions across the country, the community will not be able to maximize its political power without the full protection of their voting rights.