Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says Democrats must be “vigilant” when it comes to ensuring that all Americans have the right to vote ahead of November’s midterm elections.
Rep. Jackson Lee, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), emphasized the importance of eliminating voter suppression and teaching lawmakers how to fight for voting rights from a policy perspective.
“The fact that felons who have done their time are stopped from voting. The fact that people are being purged off lists, voting machines don’t work. There’s no double-check after a vote is cast,” Jackson Lee told Hill.TV contributor Jamal Simmons at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference.
The 12-term congresswoman said this message is what CBC will be driving home to members during this week’s annual conference.
“You have to be vigilant, so what we’ll be teaching here with the NAACP is to get people trained to know the law,” she told Hill.TV.
Jackson Lee also stressed the importance of Democrats getting out into their communities and signing people up to vote, saying that “without registration and activism – there is no voting.”
“Freedom is not cheap and voting does not just happen – you have to fight for it,” Jackson said.
Jackson Lee represents Texas’ 18th congressional district, which includes Houston – an area hard hit by Hurricane Harvey last year.
The congresswoman told Hill.TV that some members of the CBC were not able to make conference because of Hurricane Florence.