In California, there are about 7 million people who are eligible to vote but never registered to do so, including 1.2 million in Los Angeles County. It's a shocking statistic, considering the sacrifices made to win passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, which marked its 50th anniversary this year.
California is proud to lead the world in many regards, but just as we need to catch up in our transportation infrastructure with high speed rail we need to regain ground in our basic infrastructure of democracy: conducting robust elections that capture the full spirit and wisdom of the amazing people of California.
The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 was introduced in June to put teeth back into the VRA and restore the preclearance requirement by modernizing the coverage formula. While Congress has yet to schedule a hearing date on for this legislation, it is important to continue using other avenues to protect voting rights.