WASHINGTON — Members of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss voter suppression on Thursday, following the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass voting rights legislation.

Witnesses and lawmakers focused on voter suppression at the state level, citing that since 2020, 19 states have passed more restrictive voting laws. Additionally, congressional redistricting is occurring without the protection of the Voting Rights Act.

Redistricting in states like Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina were cited. Both Republicans and Democrats addressed the committee, disagreeing on whether recent gerrymandering was racially motivated.

“The biggest threat to democracy is having people think that their voice and their vote do not count,” said Rep. Deborah Ross (D-N.C.). “We have got to make it clear to everyone who is eligible to vote that their voice and their vote count.“

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