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Our voting rights are under attack



By Benjamin Todd Jealous

Guest Commentator


In legislatures across the county, misguided state politicians have proposed, and in too many cases have passed, laws that create obstacles to voting. That is why on December 10, International Human Rights Day, we took a principled stand for freedom in New York City to let the world know that we will not sit back and let our right to vote be taken away. Over the last 12 months, 34 states have introduced voter suppression legislation, with laws passing in 14 of those states and bills pending in eight. These suppressive laws take many forms, but in each case they disproportionately impact people of color, working women, blue-collar workers, students, seniors and immigrants. In some states like Wisconsin and Ohio, lawmakers are limiting access to the polls by cutting or even eliminating early and Sunday voting opportunities. Continue Reading →

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