|Martin Luther King, Jr. shaking hands with President Lyndon Johnson at the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. (Wikipedia)|
Hey, Katalusis readers, how about this for racism in 2015? Alabama first required voters to present an ID in order to vote; then it closed 31 driver's license offices throughout the state. Now get this: "Every single county where African Americans constitute 75% or more of registered voters had its office closed. EVERY.SINGLE.ONE."
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Since the Supreme Court eliminated critical voting rights protections two years ago, state legislatures have passed a torrent of laws designed to make it harder to vote.
But none of them have been quite as insidious as what is happening in Alabama.
Like many states, Alabama recently made voting harder by requiring voters to present an ID at the polls. But then, they went a step further, by closing 31 driver’s license offices throughout the state.
Every single county where African Americans constitute 75% or more of registered voters had its office closed. EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.
This overt voter suppression cannot be allowed to continue. Demand that Congress act now to restore the Voting Rights Act >>
Democrats in Congress have offered a new bill to restore the Voting Rights Act and prevent this kind of attack on our democracy from ever occurring.
In fact, states that repeatedly violate voting rights (Alabama included) would be required to submit any change to voting procedure to the federal government for approval.
Right now the bill has only one Republican co-sponsor. That’s unacceptable.
Tell Republicans in Congress to join Democrats and end the assault on voting rights >>