The new wave of legal woes coming from Trump-era federal policies is hitting many of the same communities where Trump promised to “Make America Great Again.”
The new laws, which can impact almost every community in the country, are being brought against people who’ve benefited from federal policies and programs like DACA, as well as communities that have benefited from a lot of federal investments in infrastructure and education.
But in a lot more communities, like those in the District of Columbia, the new laws are being challenged under the federal Voting Rights Act, or VRA.
These new laws could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of people who were previously protected under VRA, or the law that allowed many of them to vote.
As part of a lawsuit brought against the D.C. City Council by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the DCCC says that the new voting restrictions will hurt more than 5,000 people, many of whom have had the protections for decades.
“The D.N.C.’s new restrictions will force thousands of D.
Cs. residents to abandon their local voting systems and rely on online registration and other methods of voting,” the lawsuit says.
C residents may not be eligible to vote in their local jurisdictions, these restrictions will be disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable in D. C.’s community, disproportionately impacting communities of color, disproportionately affecting women and disproportionately impacting LGBTQ citizens.
In this environment, we expect many residents will seek alternative voting methods.”
In a statement, the Council said the new rules “will undermine the confidence and confidence in our voting system that D.S.C., D.
Va., and the District have built over the past half century.”
C is seeking to stop the new restrictions from taking effect.
“We will vigorously defend our voting rights, but we are particularly interested in ensuring that any efforts to disenfranchise our communities and undermine our democratic process are met with robust, fair, and just legal recourse,” the statement says.
The DCCC said in a statement that the city has been in negotiations with the DRC for nearly a year to resolve these voting restrictions.
“At this point, the City of Washington is not ready to make any changes,” the DCC said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to engage with the City and D.D.
C to explore our options.”
C spokesperson told The Verge that the DTC is not involved in this lawsuit and has no comment at this time.
“Any legal action brought against Washington is in the hands of a judge,” the spokesperson said.
The Council said in its statement that it will not take any action until the DDCs new voting requirements are implemented.
“Our goal is to ensure that voting remains free and accessible for everyone in our city, and we are working closely with the Council and DRC to determine whether or not we can ensure that the District’s voting laws are compatible with the Voting Rights Acts,” the council said.