WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening on H.R. 1281, the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, which passed on the House floor this afternoon: "The right to vote is the very foundation of our democracy. More than 40 years ago, the Voting Rights Act guaranteed millions of Americans an equal opportunity to participate in the electoral process. Unfortunately, the problems with voting in the last four election cycles have many Americans concerned their voices will not be heard. "In recent elections, voter suppression tactics using misinformation and deception targeted at minority voters have persisted. Disenfranchising voters through deception about time, place, or eligibility for voting must be illegal. "House Democrats are committed to protecting the right of every American to vote and to restore confidence in our electoral system. "That is why we are working in Congress on comprehensive election reform - - from the voter-verified paper trail bill, to legislation that prohibits disruptive robocalls in the middle of the night without attribution, and today's legislation to end voter suppression and deceptive practices."
SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House