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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Protecting the Right to Vote

I am a leader in the fight to ensure that every American can vote without fear of disenfranchisement. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, in 2014 so far, more than 190 bills restricting the right to vote have already been introduced in 31 states. Additionally, in June, the Supreme Court’s rejection of Section 4 of the landmark Voting Right Act put the rights of voters across the nation at risk.  

I believe a country built on the foundation of civic participation should never tolerate any politically-motivated threats to our ability to express our views at the polls. That is why I introduced legislation, the Pocan Ellison Right to Vote Amendment, which would explicitly guarantee the right to vote in the Constitution, provide all Americans the affirmative right to vote, and empower Congress to protect this right.  A voting rights amendment would positively affirm our founding principle that our country is at its strongest when everyone participates.

More on Protecting the Right to Vote

Mar 8, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today joined House Democrats in voting to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms that will put the power back in the hands of the American people.
Jan 4, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today joined the new House Democratic majority in introducing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms.
Jun 11, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, which would allow Ohio to continue aggressively removing people from the state’s voting rolls.
Oct 4, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding news that Russian-linked Facebook ads targeted Wisconsin during the 2016 Election.
Jul 25, 2017 Press Release
In response to an appeal by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for sensitive information on Wisconsin voters, U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (WI-04), Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Ron Kind (WI-03), wrote a letter to the Wisconsin Elections Commission and Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette urging them to disregard the Commission’s request.
Jun 28, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, today introduced the Voter Roll Integrity Act, H.R. 3091 which strengthens voter protections by ensuring that states can no longer erroneously purge voter rolls without the knowledge or consent of active and still-eligible voters through a system called Interstate Cross Check.
Mar 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In light of the widespread Russian interference in the 2016 election, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Hank Johnson (D-GA) today introduced the Securing America’s Future Elections (SAFE) Act. This comprehensive legislation would safeguard our elections from future foreign cyber-attacks and interference by permanently classifying the integrity and security of our elections as a key component of critical infrastructure.

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), along with Rep. John Lewis  (D-GA) and 24 original cosponsors introduced a resolution, which would explicitly guarantee the right to vote. At a time when voting rights across the country have come under unprecedented assault and faith in our election process is being undermined by President Trump, the Pocan-Ellison Right to Vote Amendment would amend the U.S. Constitution to provide all Americans with the affirmative right to vote.

Nov 7, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to a formal request from Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congressmen Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mark Pocan (D-WI), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that its Civil Rights Division plans to deploy resources to Wisconsin for tomorrow’s general election. Congresswoman Moore and Congressman Pocan responded to this announcement with the following statement: 

Oct 26, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), along with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Gwen Moore (D-WI), sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting assistance in overseeing Wisconsin’s monitoring of the election, including providing poll-monitoring services in the state. The request was spurred by Wisconsin’s contentious and discriminatory Voter ID Law and a political environment that has become increasingly intimidating for voters.