WASHINGTON, DC – Today, ASPIRE PAC Chair Grace Meng urged immediate action on major voting rights legislation, following last week’s discussion at the White House between President Biden and congressional leaders. Republican state legislatures have passed at least 30 different laws that make it harder for Americans to vote and Republican Senators have blocked consideration of HR 1, House Democrats’ sweeping election reform and voting rights bill. House Democrats are set to introduce new voting rights legislation named for the late Rep. John Lewis this week.
“Every American deserves the opportunity to participate in our electoral process, one of the hallmarks of our democracy,” said Congresswoman Meng, Chair of ASPIRE PAC. “Republicans across the country are undermining that fundamental right, rigging the system in their favor in a desperate grab for political power. Their actions are not only a detriment to our democratic system, but also an infringement on the voting rights of the AAPI community. AAPI voter turnout in the 2020 elections surged to higher rates than any other voter group and our community is the fastest growing ethnic minority across the country. Yet, Republican voting restrictions target the AAPI community by impeding their access to ballot drop boxes, early voting, and vote by mail. Congressional Republicans have spent the last year and a half directing xenophobic rhetoric at the AAPI community, and now they’re aiming at the AAPI community’s right to vote. Democrats will stand up for the AAPI community and our democracy. We must act on meaningful voting reform.”
ASPIRE PAC is the political arm of Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress. ASPIRE PAC was established to work for fair representation in the U.S. Congress by supporting and increasing the number of AAPI policymakers and federal candidates with large AAPI constituencies. It offers a voice for the AAPI community and encourages active participation in the U.S. political process. ASPIRE PAC is chaired by Congresswoman Grace Meng.