Posts tagged voting rights
Posts tagged voting rights
When a nine-term state Senator from North Carolina resigns to fight voter suppression efforts and we’re all:
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"Working ballot by ballot, county by county, the Republican Party is attempting to alter voting laws in the biggest and most important swing states in the country in hopes of carving out a sweeping electoral advantage for years to come.
"Changes already on the books or in bills before state legislatures would make voting harder, create longer lines, and threaten to disenfranchise millions of voters from Ohio to Florida, Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, Georgia to Arizona and Texas.
"Efforts underway include moving election days, ending early voting and forcing strict new voter ID laws. The results could significantly cut voter turnout in states where, historically, low participation has benefited Republicans."
In response to new restrictive voting rules just signed into law, nine-term North Carolina State Senator Ellie Kinnaird resigned her seat, in part, so that she can focus on assuring ”that people have a voter ID and are registered to vote.”
To Sen. Kinnaird, we say:
"Republicans handed the hearing to Trent Frakes, one of just 33 Republicans who voted against the last VRA re-authorization in 2006. (A total of 390 House members voted for it.)
A must-read on congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis and his life-long fight for voting rights:
Forty-eight years after Bloody Sunday, Lewis is once again in the fight of his life, with conservative officeholders resurrecting voter suppression methods not seen since the 1960s and Supreme Court justices asserting that the federal efforts to combat historic discrimination in voting—reforms that Lewis nearly died to win—are no longer needed.”
Today’s the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act. Read this new report from Demos on how it’s worked and the “next era of voter registration.”
Here’s a plan we can get behind:
Convinced that the right to vote for all citizens isn’t fully protected under law, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, is planning a long-shot proposal to add a 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“What it would do is grant for the first time in American history a constitutional right to vote,” Cooper said Wednesday after announcing the proposal at a Nashville Bar Association luncheon during a strikingly personal speech that evoked race, discrimination and equality.