Aug 02

Protecting our Voting Rights in California

 

The African American Caucus reposts an article:

A Crisis: Voting Rights Attacked!

The US Constitution is clear: American citizens have a right to vote. There should be unfettered access to becoming a registered voter and to the ballot box. This is the goal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which has its 52nd Anniversary today.

Donald Trump has created a “Voter Integrity” Commission asking for information from every states to determine who can and cannot vote. The Commission is to decrease voter participation. There can be no other interpretation. I am delighted Alex Padilla, California’s Secretary of State will not share the voter information of California voters with the Commission.

Yet Trump’s commission, and many states like Kansas, have gone in the opposite direction of the Voting Rights Act. They repeat lies about voter fraud to justify policies that make it harder for eligible citizens to register and vote.

But let’s not lose hope. While some states are working to roll back voting rights, there are other states that are advancing policies that maintain the integrity of our elections and make it easier for people to register and vote.

I’m proud to say that California is one of those states and we are committed to strengthening voter rights.

If you have any questions or concerns about voting or just want to learn more about California’s election process and issues, please contact my office or visit the California Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/. Also, to view the California Voter Bill of Rights, please click here (LINK TO http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-bill-rights/)

 

Darren W. Parker

Permanent link to this article: http://www.africanamericancaucus.info/2017/08/02/protecting-our-voting-rights-in-california/

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