Last week marked the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed literacy tests and established federal oversight over voter registration in jurisdictions having a clear history of racial discrimination. These jurisdictions were prohibited from changing their voting laws without obtaining “preclearance” from federal authorities. Although these protections enjoyed widespread Congressional support, in 2013 the Supreme Court gutted the preclearance provision, stating that it was “based on 40-year-old facts having no logical relationship to the present day.”
Relying on that decision, states have passed voter ID laws, closed precincts and purged voter rolls. Federal courts and the Justice Department used to be bulwarks against states seeking to restrict voting, but no more.
Instead Trump pushed all states to purge their voter rolls when he demanded that a picture ID be required to vote (incredibly asserting that an ID is required to buy groceries).
These assaults on voting rights must stop. If this Congress won’t protect voting rights must vote in one that will – while we still can.
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- Make sure you and everyone you know is registered to vote: iwillvote.com
- Help take back the Senate and adopt a vulnerable blue senator in a red state. Bring to their attention to Red State Democrats Have No Good Reason to Vote for Brett Kavanaugh. Do something every month to help their election. roadto2018.com
- Make a plan for the last weekend of midterms: thelastweekend.org