Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Federal Voting Standard

I think we are long overdue for a Federal voting standard:
Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday said he will seek to require that the state of Texas clear all of its voting changes with the federal government, firing the opening salvo in a new battle over the Voting Rights Act.

"This is the department’s first action to protect voting rights following the Shelby County decision, but it will not be our last," Holder said in Philadelphia, according to prepared remarks.
The Supreme Court last month ruled in Shelby County v. Holder that the voting law's requirement that states with a history of discrimination clear changes to their polling practices was unconstitutional, putting enforcement of the law in doubt.
Each and every American should have the right to vote, and with that should come some sort of guarantee that the state in which they live will not hinder that right in order to protect the political power of one party. Why we are not fighting for this is beyond comprehension. The right to vote should be granted to the people. Whether they vote or not is their business. An amendment to the Constitution that establishes the minimum standards for voting rights and access needs to codify and protect these rights.

There are too many games being played. Standardized voting for all citizens should be basic common sense at this point. The only reason why we don't have a standardized voting process is because people might vote against a Republican. That should tell you everything you need to know.

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