Voting Rights Act

Posted Saturday, Jun. 29, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I agree with the Supreme Court that the Voting Rights Act is obsolete. It included only 15 states and guaranteed the voting rights of only racial minorities. A new voting rights law should be immediately enacted to apply to all 50 states and all Americans.

The first paragraph of the new law should outlaw gerrymandering of congressional districts. This anti-democratic practice is used solely to give political advantage to one candidate or party.

The second paragraph should forbid states or local governments from using any practice that makes voting harder for any voter.

The access to polling places, the speed of voting and extended hours for voting must allow all citizens an equal opportunity to vote.

The burden of proof for voting eligibility should be transferred from the voter to the state, as each person registers to vote. Only people who the state can prove to be ineligible should be denied the right to vote. It’s time to use government to promote voting, instead of the current trend of voter suppression.

— Dennis Tilly, Weatherford

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