Thoughts on the Voting Rights Act

As Federal Courts move to strike down unfair Voter ID laws, some thoughts on the importance of protecting the franchise from Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division:

“The Founders in Philadelphia, activists at Seneca Falls, N.Y., and marchers in Selma, Ala., all recognized the profound power of the franchise.  When we allow discrimination to infect our elections, we disrespect the sacrifices of those who came before us and threaten the progress they achieved.  But when we protect the rights of our fellow voters to make their choices, whatever they may be and whomever they may be for, we do our part to build our more perfect union.  That means Congress needs to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.  State legislatures need to remove unjustified voting rules.  Poll workers need to oversee fair elections.  And eligible Americans need to vote.”

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