Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Petition to save the Voting Rights Act

See this from Daily Kos. I added this personal comment in the petition: "Can you not see that voter ID law is not based on voter fraud but is itself a fraud to disenfranchise minorities and the elderly? These very laws should be the evidence that racism and ageism is alive and well and be the very heart of new preclearance formulas."

Join Daily Kos and People For the American Way by urging Congress to save the Voting Rights Act in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision gutting it. Click here to sign the petition.

Almost immediately after the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act, officials in several states moved ahead with voter suppression laws that would have been illegal before the ruling:
  • In Texas, Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his state will implement both its law requiring photo ID before voting and a new gerrymandered map of state legislative districts.
  • In Florida, five counties will now implement a law both making voter registration more difficult and cutting down on the number of early-voting days.
  • In North Carolina, the state Senate will now pass a restrictive voter ID bill that was held up out of worries it would have been blocked under the Voting Rights Act.
  • In Mississippi, an amendment to the state constitution requiring voter ID will now go into effect.
This is just for starters. But Congress can stop this wave of voter suppression and restore strength to the Voting Rights Act by amending the law to include a new preclearance formula.

Please click here to join Daily Kos and People For the American Way by signing our petition urging Congress to save the Voting Rights Act.

Keep fighting,
Paul Hogarth, Daily Kos

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