The Civil War – The end of the Civil War not only abolished slavery, but started the movement to give all American citizens — regardless of race — the right to vote.
Reconstruction and the 15th Amendment – “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
Women’s Suffrage and the 19th Amendment – For America’s women, securing the right to vote was a long, hard-fought struggle. But their efforts were not in vain. Victory was attained with passage of the 19th Amendment “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
The Civil Rights Movement – While the Constitution guarantees equal rights for every American citizen, through the 1960s some states continued to employ discriminatory voter suppression tactics to keep African-Americans from the polls.
Historic Voting Rights Act – In response to states passing discriminatory laws aimed at disenfranchising voters, Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Voting Rights Act provides a variety of protections and required states with a history of discrimination to acquire federal approval before making any changes to their voting laws.
Historic Setback for Voting Rights — On June 25, 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act — eliminating the formula used to identify states with a history of voting discrimination and disenfranchisement — thus turning back the clock 150 years.
Immediately following the Supreme Court’s decision, Republicans across the country moved quickly to pass restrictive voting laws. Citing allegations of mass voter fraud and the need to “preserve voter integrity”, in 2013 alone, 11 Republican-controlled states took action to limit people’s “Constitutional Right to Vote” by passing voter ID laws. Not surprisingly, these voter suppression efforts target groups that overwhelmingly support Democrats…Low-income, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Women.
Before the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, the Department of Justice successfully blocked Texas’ voter identification law. However, with the Voting Rights Act dismantled, the law was immediately passed and went into effect, potentially disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of Texans. And this is just one state.
Voter ID laws are a sham. Their purpose is to prevent people from showing up at the polls and pretending to be someone else. In reality, in-person voter fraud is virtually non-existent. One study found that just 0.0023 percent of votes are the product of this type fraud. Thus, a person is more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit fraud at the polls.
It is obvious what’s going on here…Republicans can’t win elections the lawful way, so they will change the rules protecting our “Constitutional Right to Vote” so they can suppress the “Constitutional Right to Vote” of those that don’t vote Republican — by disenfranchising as many potential Democratic voters as possible.
Do you not think this is UNCONSTITUTIONAL?
Does this not PISS YOU OFF?
My fellow Americans…please wake up and pay attention to what’s going on around you. Our rights are being taken away from us, day by day, and we are sitting on our hands and letting them do it. WAKE UP!