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VOTING: Court makes disenfranchisement easier

Letter by Jerry Beckendorf, Puyallup on July 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm with No Comments »
July 2, 2013 4:11 pm

It appears that many Republicans in the U.S. Senate realize they can’t win the presidency without votes from the growing Latino minority, so to their credit they passed a bipartisan immigration bill 68 to 32.

Exit to the Supreme Court, where much to the astonishment of civil rights veterans like Congressman John Lewis key provisions of the Voting Rights Act were dismantled. Republicans love this because now in states like Texas, Alabama, North Carolina and others they can pass bills requiring voter ID., which could throw millions of Latino, minority and senior voters off the rolls.

Texas already had a redistricting plan that before the Supreme Court decision was found illegal by the Justice Department. Again in Texas they cut the number of voting places from 84 to 12 for a Houston Community College District. One predominantly white district served 6,500 voters and another predominantly minority district served 65,000 voters. Unbelievable!

Except for Native American we are all immigrants. For those eligible, voting should be easier. Vote against those who would do otherwise.

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