So, America Continues to Fight For Voting Rights Part 3: Midterms 2018
A Bad Ruling:
Recap: in 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down section 4 of the VRA (voting rights act) the section where states with a history of voter disenfranchisement no longer need preclearance from the Supreme Court for changes in their state voting laws. The premise of section 4 of the VRA was to protect against voter discrimination with laws created to prevent people of color from voting. Here we are 5 years after this ruling, and many states have created laws and shut-down polling locations making it difficult for people to vote.
“Fighting voting rights is becoming part of the future for my generation which is not moving our nation forward but keeping us at a standstill.”
Not only was striking down section 4 of the VRA a terrible decision from our Supreme Court, the decision has allowed candidates like Brian Kemp of Georgia and Kris Kobach of Kansas to create voting laws making it difficult to vote and shut-down polling locations. America is living in a time where we are still fighting old issues of the past. Fighting voting rights is becoming part of the future for my generation which is not moving our nation forward but keeping us at a standstill.
Remember the Time:
Recap: during President Obama tenure, he consistently stated in few of his state of the union speeches, America cannot continue to fight the same old issues, and we are doing just that. As a millennial, it’s perplexing we are going around in circle with the same issues of the past with voting rights because a certain group of people wants to keep the nation in the past and not move forward. Voting is the most powerful tool we have as a people, the key reason some people are hell-bent on making it harder to vote which turns people off from participating in politics.
“Voting is the most powerful tool we have as a people, the key reason some people are hell-bent on making it harder to vote which turns people off from participating in politics.”
Sidebar: when President Obama was first elected in 2008, states moved quickly to increase voter disenfranchisement laws. States like Georgia consistently proposed Voter ID laws from right-wing fanatics in state legislatures with baseless claims of voter fraud to make it harder to vote, and many of these voter id laws passed in some states. In addition, to voter ID laws, Republican Secretary of State such as Kris Kobach began shutting down polling locations. Kris Kobach moved the only polling location out of Dodge city Kansas where the 13,000 residents predominately Hispanic must travel further to vote.
“Sidebar: when President Obama was first elected in 2008, states moved quickly to increase voting disenfranchisement laws.”
The voting suppression tactics of Brian Kemp and Kris Kobach, along with the terrible ruling of the Supreme Court removing section 4 of the VRA is why America is continuing to fight voting rights.
Georgia, Kansas, and Nebraska are states we are witnessing tactics of voting suppression used in the Civil Rights Era. Making it difficult to vote has long been a history part of America, and this terrible history of voting suppression has made its way to the present. As a millennial, and as I constantly state-it’s perplexing that my generation is living through the voter suppression tactics of right wingers who feel the need to deny people the right to vote. It’s been 53 years since the 1965 Civil Rights act and 53 years later America continues to fight for voting rights.
“It’s been 53 years since the 1965 Civil Rights act and 53 years later America continues to fight for voting rights.”
Midterms 2018 is one of the most contested midterms elections in our nation’s history. America is continuing to fight for voting rights due to candidates Brian Kemp and Kris Kobach and Republican state legislatures with their voter suppression tactics to prevent people of color from voting.
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