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VOTING: Hillary highlights GOP attack on rights

As we rapidly approach the 2016 presidential election (too rapid for some) we need to improve access to voting. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton discussed this topic on a recent visit to Texas. She feels that there is a sweeping effort to disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people.

North Carolina passed a bill that makes voting less accessible or convenient. Former Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that according to a federal court was written for the purpose of discriminating against minorities.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation that makes it more difficult for college students

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ELECTIONS: We still need Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court is reconsidering the Voting Rights Act (thenewstribune.com, 2-27).

I grew up in the deep South, in Georgia – the only state then where the voting age was 18. My senior year in high school, our civics teacher took all of the 18-year-olds to the courthouse to register to vote.

The room we were in had a fence down the middle, and blacks entered by another door and tried to register on the other side of the fence. I filled out a form and was registered. I watched as blacks were asked to read and explain parts

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VOTER ID: Republicans trying to suppress rights

Millions of dollars of federal taxpayers money was spent on a witch hunt to find illegal voters to support the Republicans’ attempt to suppress voting. It garnered minimal returns for the funds spent.

Consider this quote from Paul Weyrich, a well-known conservative and developer of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative lobby:

“Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome – good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not

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VOTING: Grant felons the right to vote

Re: “’The New Jim Crow’ a must-read on injustice in America” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 6-27).

This column relates to a prominent issue in Washington state.

In her new book, “The New Jim Crow,” Michelle Alexander shows that the mass incarceration of black men for nonviolent drug offenses is out of all proportion to the number of crimes committed by racial groups. The National Household Surveys on Drug Abuse report similar percentages of blacks and whites as current users of illegal drugs and suggest the same is true for those selling drugs, yet black incarceration rates in Washington state are

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