Re: no time

From: Norma Jeane Y.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:43 PM


From: Kirsten Gillibrand <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, February 27,[masked]:17 AM
Subject: no time
Norma,
The Supreme Court’s oral arguments on the Voting Rights Act begin today.
We have to speak up in support of this landmark civil rights act now. There’s no time for silence. Not when a strike to this civil rights law would cause serious harm to our democracy.
In this case, an Alabama county is arguing that a provision of the Act – requiring local governments to get the Justice Department’s approval before making changes that affect voting – has outlived its use.
I only wish it were so.
In reality, too many states are cynically passing restrictive voter ID laws and forcing some voters to wait hours just to cast a ballot. We have to do better. We can’t go backward.
President Obama has spoken out. We have to join him.
The entirety of the Voting Rights Act remains critical. Undermining it could lead to citizens being egregiously and unfairly denied their right to vote.
That would be unacceptable.
Thank you,
Kirsten

 
 
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