GLAD executive Director Janson Wu issued a statement on the January 19 Senate vote on the Voting Rights Bill:

“It is disgraceful and disheartening to see the U.S. Senate fail in its responsibility to protect our most fundamental right. Free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy. Protecting the right to vote for everyone is what makes our shared aspirations of freedom and equality for all people possible.

The fight to secure voting rights is not new, and it is not over. Civil Rights leaders and state-based advocates have steered this work long before today and their message is clear: the work goes on. We must all commit to doing everything we can in our states, in our local communities, and with our federal legislators to strengthen and protect the vital right to vote and ensure the survival of our democracy.”