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Restoring the Voting Rights Act: An Open Letter From the H-F Area LWV

"Congress must act quickly to restore the Voting Rights Act" the H-F Area League of Women Voters says.

H-F Area League of Women Voters co-presidents Syvia Tillman and Erin Roeper want you to know about the Voting Rights Act.
H-F Area League of Women Voters co-presidents Syvia Tillman and Erin Roeper want you to know about the Voting Rights Act.

The following is an open letter submitted to H-F Patch by the Homewood-Flossmoor Area League of Women Voters:

Congress Must Act Quickly to Restore the Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated decision which gutted key components of the monumental Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.  The decision in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder erased fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have been effective for more than 40 years.  This decision opened the floodgates for a wave of attacks on voters. Only strong action from Congress can fix the Court’s mistake.

Before the ink was even dry on the decision, several states rushed to implement racially discriminatory anti-voter laws, including several states where the League of Women Voters had previously succeeded in blocking voter restrictions in the courts and state legislatures. Sadly, this is only the beginning. Without a strong Voting Rights Act, our ability to fight off anti-voter legislation and keep our elections free, fair and accessible is significantly weakened.

As we approach the 48th  anniversary of this historic civil rights legislation, the VRA remains an essential protection against the thinly veiled discrimination that still threatens Americans’ right to vote. Congress needs to move swiftly to overcome this decision and restore the effectiveness of the VRA. The Shelby decision is a call to action for all who believe all Americans should have fair and equal access to the ballot.  Now is the time to contact your member of Congress and tell him or her to repair the VRA before any more damage is done.

Erin Roeper and Syvia Tillman

Co-presidents

League of Women Voters of Homewood-Flossmoor Area

708-351-9721 or 708-799-9721

syvia_tillman@att.net or erin461@att.net

Homewood, IL. 60430

Genvieve LaChappele September 10, 2013 at 07:56 AM
What did the states do that was racially discriminatory? You left that part out. Support your argument please.
Hernendo RevolveR September 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Name a law that makes it difficult for AMERICANS to vote. You want non Americans to vote in our elections. That's Un-American!
Leslie Lowry September 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Please share, very specifically, what racially discriminatory anti-racial laws are being implemented, and where. Thank you.

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