VOTING RIGHTS – EVERYONE HAS A VOICE

Our inability to guarantee the vote for every citizen in every election has become the Achilles’ heal of our election system. The unfortunate decision in Shelby County vs. Holder (2013), that gutted the Voting Rights Act by throwing out Sections 4b and 5, thereby eliminating preclearance for states that would benefit from greater federal oversight, has allowed some states to restrict access to the polls in what is the equivalent of a poll tax, namely a special photo ID. The Congress needs to make sure every state meets its obligations to protect the voters’ right to cast a ballot and then to insure that the vote is accurately counted and hard copy results secured for possible recount.