Urgent Push For Voting Rights Revealed By Katie Porter

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In a recent speech on the floor of the U.S. House, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) — who is often known as a voice of reason in the chamber — laid out an urgent push for new federal protections for voting rights, explaining in the process how critical that the issue remains. Essentially, she noted, voting rights are “fundamental” — without protecting these rights, and without protecting the ability of individual Americans to have a say in the functioning of their government, then how can much of the rest of the system be expected to operate reasonably at all? And yet, Republicans are continuing to promote measures that, in practice, make it more difficult to vote.

Porter poignantly commented as follows:

‘The right to vote is fundamental. Any threat to any American at the ballot box is a threat to every American’s right to representative government. It is the duty of the federal government to protect our nation’s democracy. We need to expand opportunities to vote, especially for young people, people of color, workers with atypical hours, and people with disabilities. We need to crack down on gerrymandering so that voters choose their leaders instead of leaders choosing their voters. We need to modernize voter registration, reform our broken campaign finance system, and prevent election subversion.’

As the Congresswoman subsequently added:

‘This is not a partisan issue. Every American, regardless of who they vote for or whether they even vote, deserves a government that works for them. And that cannot happen when the bedrock of our democracy, the right to vote, is undermined.’

She also pledged that she “will keep fighting for our democracy.” Watch Porter’s comments below:

Wildly, authorities in Lincoln County, Georgia, have even resorted to attempting to close all but one polling place in the county ahead of next year’s elections, although local activist and former county school board member Denise Freeman noted that some people in the county “live as far as 23 miles from the city of Lincolnton,” where the single polling place would presumably be located. Freeman said that the effort “is not about convenience for the citizens. This is about control. This is about the good old boys wanting to do what they’ve always done, which is power and control.” Yes, the county is comparatively on the smaller side, but that doesn’t mean voting rights aren’t important there!