REI Supports the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Sep 7, 2021

The principle that each person is guaranteed a vote is foundational to both our co-op and our democracy. REI remains committed to broadening civic engagement as we work to create a more equitable co-op and society.

In April, we condemned a wave of voter suppression legislation. Today, we’re affirming our support of a bill that would help protect everyone’s right to participate in the democratic process.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore the Attorney General’s authority to prevent discrimination at the polls, increase access to voting within disadvantaged communities (particularly for Native American and Alaska Native voters), and create greater transparency by requiring public notice around changes in the voting process.

We urge the U.S. Senate to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and we ask all elected officials to support necessary investments in voter registration infrastructure and resources to counter voter suppression and intimidation.

If you’d like to join us in our fight, visit REI's Cooperative Action Network and ask your Senators to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

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REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 20 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 168 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.