The Davenport NAACP is disheartened by the passage of the crafted voter suppression legislation in the Iowa statehouse Wednesday evening.
Companion bills HF 590 and SF 413 disenfranchise Iowans throughout the state, specifically Black voters by making it harder to participate in elections.
Throughout history, we have seen what shaping the electorate for no other reason than to win elections does to democracy, and the NAACP will do all that we can to prioritize voter integrity.
When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law, its aim was to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that restricted Black Americans their right to vote. As our current lawmakers seek to build back up these barriers, it is the Davenport NAACP’s stance to continue to work with civil rights leaders and groups throughout the state to once again break those barriers down in the name of voter freedom.