The writers serve as co-chairs of the Southeast Vermont League of Women Voters.
Originally published in The Commons issue #218 (Wednesday, August 28, 2013).
Voting is at the heart of the democratic process. The Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 was a turning point in the work of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America.
Several states have rushed to implement racially discriminatory anti-voter laws, including several states where the League of Women Voters had previously succeeded in blocking voter restrictions in the courts and state legislatures.
Sadly, the U.S. Supreme Court recently gutted key components of the VRA. Only strong action from Congress can fix the court’s mistake.
The League believes that Congress has the constitutional authority and the moral responsibility to protect our voting rights, and we must urge lawmakers to act quickly to protect our democracy and repair and restore the VRA.
Now is the time to contact your Congressional representatives and tell them to repair the VRA before any more damage is done. We must restore needed protections against voter discrimination throughout our nation by updating and strengthening this law.
Judy Myrick and Frankie Knibb
Editor’s note: Our terms of service require you to use your real names. We will remove anonymous or pseudonymous comments that come to our attention. We rely on our readers’ personal integrity to stand behind what they say; please do not write anything to someone that you wouldn’t say to his or her face without your needing to wear a ski mask while saying it. Thanks for doing your part to make your responses forceful, thoughtful, provocative, and civil. We also consider your comments for the letters column in the print newspaper.