Protect Voting Rights

Congressman Butterfield speaking about civil rights

Overview

As former civil rights attorney and advocate of voting rights, Congressman Butterfield believes the right to vote embodies the spirit of American democracy. He works tirelessly to eliminate barriers that prevent North Carolinians from exercising their right to vote in free and fair elections.

Fight for Voting Rights Nationwide

Congressman Butterfield is dedicated to protect the right to vote for all Americans. On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 (b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA).  The historic VRA prohibits racial discrimination in elections.  Section 4 of the VRA is the formula that designates certain areas of the country that must have proposed changes to their voting laws cleared by the federal government or in federal court before implementing those changes.  Without an enforceable Section 4, the VRA has been exploited by extreme and conservative state legislatures in an effort to suppress minority voters.  Congressman Butterfield will not let this setback to the VRA hinder America’s progress for equality and representative democracy.

Fight for Voting Rights in NC

Congressman Butterfield is fighting to stop the aggressive efforts to disenfranchise voters in North Carolina. The right to vote for all eligible adults embodies the spirit of American democracy and should be protected.

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Butterfield Applauds House Passage of Voting Rights Advancement Act

Dec 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement after the U. S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act:

Reps. Butterfield, Adams, Price Support North Carolina Superior Court Ruling

Oct 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Alma S. Adams (NC-12), and David E. Price (NC-04), the Democratic members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation, issued a joint statement in support of the ruling handed down by North Carolina Superior Court judges issuing a preliminary injunction preventing elections under the current congressional map:

Butterfield Statement on State Court’s Ruling Finding Legislative Districts Unconstitutional Political Gerrymanders

Sep 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield issued the following statement after the North Carolina State Superior Court released an opinion finding North Carolina’s legislative districts to be political gerrymanders and in violation of the state’s Constitution:

Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Butterfield and Lee Statement on Facebook Civil Rights Audit Report

Jul 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Diversity Task Force Co-Chairs Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13) gave the following statement on Facebook’s civil rights audit report. The nearly 30-page document is the product of dozens of meetings with Facebook’s appointed civil rights ambassador, Laura Murphy and nearly 90 civil rights groups who have called for Facebook to take meaningful and aggressive action to combat extremist or racist content on their platform:

Congressman Butterfield Votes to Pass SAFE Act to Strengthen Election Security and Prevent Foreign Interference in the 2020 Election

Jun 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Butterfield voted to pass H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, to guard against foreign interference in our democracy by providing funding to states to update and secure their state’s voting systems.  The bill mandates paper ballot voting systems, post-election risk-limiting audits, and strict cybersecurity requirements for both election technology vendors and for voting systems.  It builds on the boldest set of democracy reforms passed by the House in H.R. 1, the For The People Act, in a generation.

Butterfield Responds to Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on Political Gerrymandering Cases

Jun 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s decisions in Rucho v. Common Cause and Benisek v. Lamone, which address political gerrymandering in North Carolina and Maryland, respectively:

Butterfield Statement on the SAFE Act, Legislation to Protect Election Security

Jun 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield made the following statement after the Committee on House Administration passed H.R. 2722, the SAFE Act, an election security bill that provides funding for states to replace outdated and vulnerable voting equipment, mandates paper ballot voting systems and risk-limiting post-election audits and contains strict cybersecurity requirements for election technology vendors and voting systems. The bill is expected to be considered on the House Floor next week.

Butterfield Wants Answers on Delayed Investigation into Technology Failures at Durham Polling Locations During 2016 Election

Jun 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, requesting information on why a forensic analysis was not conducted by the Department on laptops used at Durham County polling locations after multiple state officials requested assistance following technology failures on Election Day in 2016.

Butterfield Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the House Passage of the 19th Amendment

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the House passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

Butterfield: Trump’s DOJ Picks Weaken Civil Rights Protection

Jan 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s actions to weaken the U.S. Department of Justice: