Holding Politicians Accountable

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"On two major occasions—during his election-night speech and second inaugural address—President Obama has highlighted the need for election reform. ‘By the way, we have to fix that,’ he said on November 6 about the long lines at the polls in states like Florida. Shortly thereafter, the cause of election reform seemed to fall by the wayside, with more pressing events, such as the Sandy Hook shooting and the fiscal cliff, dominating the news. But Obama returned to the issue on January 21, saying our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.’
"Now the question is whether the Obama administration and Congress will actually do something to fix the shameful way US elections are run. There are smart proposals in Congress to address the issue. The most comprehensive among them is the Voter Empowerment Act, reintroduced today by Democratic leaders in the House, including civil rights icon John Lewis, and Kirsten Gillibrand in Senate.”
(Via The Nation)

"On two major occasions—during his election-night speech and second inaugural address—President Obama has highlighted the need for election reform. ‘By the way, we have to fix that,’ he said on November 6 about the long lines at the polls in states like Florida. Shortly thereafter, the cause of election reform seemed to fall by the wayside, with more pressing events, such as the Sandy Hook shooting and the fiscal cliff, dominating the news. But Obama returned to the issue on January 21, saying our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.’

"Now the question is whether the Obama administration and Congress will actually do something to fix the shameful way US elections are run. There are smart proposals in Congress to address the issue. The most comprehensive among them is the Voter Empowerment Act, reintroduced today by Democratic leaders in the House, including civil rights icon John Lewis, and Kirsten Gillibrand in Senate.”

(Via The Nation)

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