Today, April 27, 2020, the Voter Protection Project is announcing their endorsement of Council Member Ritchie Torres in New York’s 15th Congressional District.
Founded in 2019, the Voter Protection Project is a leading political arm working to end partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression across the country. In light of the Supreme Court’s Rucho v. Common Cause ruling last year, which stated that federal courts cannot regulate partisan gerrymandering, VPP has been taking the fight to Republicans state-by-state supporting candidates for office at the federal and state levels that are champions for voter equality.
“The Voter Protection Project is proud to endorse Ritchie Torres,” said Voter Protection Project President Matt Liebman. “To put it bluntly, as a member of the New York City Council Ritchie has been a champion for voting rights and we need more of those types of leaders in Congress.”
Last year, as chair of the New York City Council’s Oversight and Investigations Committee Torres fought against the New York Board of Elections’ plan to use voting machines that had caused technical issues at polling places in the past. Torres has also raised the alarm about potential cyber attacks and has worked to make local elections more secure.
“As a council member, I’ve fought to make our elections fair, secure and accessible for all New Yorkers, said Torres. “In Congress, New Yorkers can continue to count on me to push back against Republican attempts at voter suppression and partisan gerrymandering.”
“I’m proud to have the support of the Voter Protection Project. Together, we can protect the rights of all Americans to freely participate in our elections.”
Born and raised in the Bronx, Torres grew up in public housing with a single mother. In 2013, he became the youngest elected official in New York City at age 25 and the first openly LGBT elected official from the Bronx.
The Voter Protection Project plans to put their full weight behind Ritchie’s candidacy as he continues his campaign to fight for the people of New York in Congress.
To learn more about the Voter Protection Project, visit protectvoting.org.