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Stand up for voting rights

The writers serve as co-chairs of the Southeast Vermont League of Women Voters.

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

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Originally published in The Commons issue #218 (Wednesday, August 28, 2013).

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