Voting Rights

Divide a vertical line in two equal parts by bisecting it with a curved horizontal line that is only straight at its spot bisection of the vertical.

This question was from the Louisiana Literacy Test - a prerequisite test given to some voters. Can’t pass? Can’t vote. This was one of many absurd measures meant to prevent Black voters from successfully voting. Voting only takes seconds, but gaining the right to vote took decades. While racism under Jim Crow laws was explicit, voting rights suppression has become implicit, packaged under the guise of voting security.

There are two bills in congress that have language strong enough and explicit enough to significantly protect the right to vote - H.R. 1 (For the People Act of 2021) and H.R. 4 (The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act). Under these bills, voter registration would be automatic, early voting would be expanded, and voting would be more accessible. Abusive gerrymandering would be effectively eliminated. Voter roll purging would be eliminated. These bills support campaign finance reform and make campaigns publicly-financed and would deal a huge blow to Citizens United by their transparency disclosure subtitles. 

 

Though both HR 1 and HR 4 passed The House, the filibuster prevented HR 1 from passing the senate. The filibuster has been a weapon to block civil rights legislation for a century and civil rights must not be forfeited for the sake of bipartisanship.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech challenges us all to raise our voices when we witness silenced voices. That's why I joined Martin Luther King, III, Reverend Al Sharpton, and  50,000 activists and organizers in Washington, D.C. last August to call to lift the filibuster and pass voter protection.

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