Voting Rights

Congressman Scott believes that voting is the very foundation of our democracy.  To underscore his belief, he often quotes the Supreme Court's decision in Wesberry v. Sanders (1964), where the Court states:

No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live.  Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined.

Congressman Scott is an ardent supporter of the Voting Rights Act and was instrumental in the passage of the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, César Chávez, Barbara C. Jordan, William C. Velásquez, and Dr. Hector P. Garcia Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006.  In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder, a ruling that significantly undermined the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act, Congressman Scott joined a small group of his colleagues in Congress to delicately craft a bi-partisan legislative fix to appropriately address the Court's concerns in Shelby County and ensure that the core protections of the Voting Rights Act are restored.

Congressman Scott is working tirelessly to ensure that this legislation passes Congress so that no one's right to vote is infringed.  

More on Voting Rights

August 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Co-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act: “The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Everyone deserves equal access to the ballot box regardless of who they are or where they live. Unfortunately, voting rights are under assault like we have not seen since the Jim Crow era. Fueled by former President Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ and disastrous Supreme Court decisions in Shelby County v. Holder in 2013 and Brnovich v. DNC earlier this year, Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country have pushed extreme voter suppression laws.
July 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), one of the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee: “Today the Supreme Court approved laws that have a racially discriminatory impact under flawed and tortured legal theories. This will greenlight all kinds of future laws that have discriminatory impact and further erode voting rights. That is why we must enact the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore the right to vote.
June 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed S. 475 the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act: “I was very proud to vote today to finally establish Juneteenth as a national holiday and I was pleased to see broad bipartisan support for the legislation. I look forward to President Biden signing it in to law. This vote comes after the Commonwealth of Virginia formally recognized Juneteenth as a holiday last year and now a total of 49 states and Washington, D.C. now celebrate Juneteenth as a state or ceremonial holiday.
April 22, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 51, the Washington D.C. Admission Act, which would admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as our nation’s 51st state. “Today the House of Representatives once again affirmed that the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth should become the 51st state in the Union, finally empowering D.C. residents with voting representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate, and full local self-government. Statehood for D.C. is long overdue for the more than 700,000 disenfranchised American citizens who currently live in the District of Columbia.
April 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Reps. Marc Veasey (TX-33) Terri Sewell (AL-07) and Bobby Scott (VA-03), co-founders and co-chairs of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus (CVRC), released the following statement condemning the recent spate of voter suppression laws designed to undermine communities of color of their right to the ballot box: “A record number of Americans turned out to make their voices heard at the ballot box during the 2020 elections. Instead of building on the success of these elections, states and politicians across the country are trying to pass Jim Crow-style voter suppression laws.
March 3, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, a sweeping anti-corruption legislative package to clean up Washington, protect and expand voting rights, and increase the security of our elections: “Every American should have an equal voice in our democracy regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how much money they have. Virginia has already implemented many of the reforms in this package and they were all very successful in ensuring Virginians could securely exercise their right to vote in the 2020 election.
August 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act: “Families, veterans, seniors, small businesses, and nonprofits across the country rely on the United States Postal Service (USPS) to receive medication, essential goods, learning materials, and more. However, the Trump Administration has implemented operational changes that have caused egregious mail delays all over the nation.
August 18, 2020 In The News
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Tuesday morning, Congressman Bobby Scott met with Post Master Sharon Parker at the Newport News Post Office. The move comes after the United States Postal Service warned states mail-in votes are in jeopardy of disqualification due to lags in service. “It’s not a local problem. It’s a national problem. We need to make sure the national problems don’t filter down to the local. There have been some areas in the 3rd District where mail has been delayed. We understand that it may be temporarily COVID related and they’re working to fix that,” said Congressman Scott.
August 17, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Tuesday, August 18th, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will visit the Newport News Post Office at 101 25th Street and meet with Post Master Sharon Parker. This visit comes while the Trump Administration has ramped up their efforts to dismantle the current operation of the United States Postal Service (USPS). President Donald Trump has openly admitted to trying to keep resources from the USPS and undermining vote by mail initiatives to help his chances in the November election.
June 26, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 51, the Washington D.C. Admission Act, which would admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as our nation’s 51st state. “Today’s affirmative vote in the House of Representatives to admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state in the Union is long overdue for the more than 700,000 disenfranchised American citizens who currently live in the District of Columbia.