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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton made a major campaign push Thursday on the subject of voting rights in a speech delivered at Texas Southern University, a historically black college in Houston, Texas.

She also took a direct shot at the state’s former governor, Rick Perry — as well as other Republican presidential candidates — on the same day Perry declared his own candidacy for president.

Clinton called for a national requirement of universal, automatic voter registration in every state, plus a 20-day early voting period. She also called for repairing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was heavily damaged by a Supreme Court decision in 2013 that struck down the law’s automatic oversight over many Southern states that had historically passed laws to make it harder for minority citizens to vote.

Clinton castigated Republicans for having opposed such reforms, while supporting burdensome and unnecessary voter ID laws and other restrictive regulations.

Clinton said:

Here in Texas, former governor Rick Perry signed a law that a federal court said was actually written with the purpose of discriminating against minority voters. He applauded when the Voting Rights Act was gutted, and said the lost protections were outdated and unnecessary.

But Governor Perry is hardly alone in his crusade against voting rights. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker cut back early voting and signed legislation that would make it harder for college students to vote. In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie vetoed legislation to extend early voting.

And in Florida, when Jeb Bush was governor, state authorities conducted a deeply flawed purge of voters before the presidential election in 2000. (Applause) Thankfully, in 2004 a plan to purge even more voters was headed off.

So today, Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting. What part of democracy are they afraid of? I believe every citizen has the right to vote — and I believe we should do everything we can to make it easier for every citizen to vote.

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  • toto

    And while we’re at it . . .
    Presidential elections don’t have to continue to be dominated by and determined by a handful of swing states, while most of the country is politically irrelevant.

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country.

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election.
    No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps of pre-determined outcomes.
    There would no longer be a handful of battleground states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80%+ of the states that have just been ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

    The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of Electoral College votes—that is, enough to elect a President (270 of 538).
    The candidate receiving the most popular votes from all 50 states (and DC) would get all the 270+ electoral votes of the enacting states, and win.

    The bill has passed 33 state legislative chambers in 22 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 250 electoral votes, and been enacted by 11 jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.


    • pisces63

      Could possibly, do away with redistricting.

  • Dominick Vila

    Every single person born in the United Stated should be registered to vote, automatically, the moment they are born. The only requirement should be a birth certificate. The requirements imposed arbitrarily by some states, ostensibly, to make it as difficult as possible for certain segments of our population to vote, should be declared unconstitutional and replaced with a universal system that extends that privilege to all American born citizens. Under a universal system, naturalized citizens would be required to show their naturalization certificate to be able to vote. Non-citizens should not be eligible to vote under any circumstances.

  • FT66

    Voting has never been a privilege in any country on earth, it is the right. Even if it was a privilege in US only, who has to issue it? Should it be republicans only??? Every each individual over 18 years being a citizen, those who pay taxes, those who want to see changes where things don’t go right, must choose their leader they want without facing any obstacle in making their choices, i.e (id est = that is) voting.

  • game50

    Rules for voting 1. Registered to vote,2. Use photo ID,3. So vote at your poll place,bring photo ID …NO ID NO VOTE. Everyone has a photo ID, you need it to get on the system,to get your License,to open up accounts. Photo ID will Stop the Fraud in voting.

    • jmprint

      This is where you are wrong, VERY WRONG, not every one can get an ID. Many, many people are caught in a catch 22, a lot of people don’t have enough common sense to take care of business beyond rejection. I know at least 5 people who can’t vote, because of name flaws and typos on official documents. We Americans should not hold back ONE person from voting, we are barring access to their constitutional rights. There is no fraud and you know it, there have been a handful, and most have been initiated by republicans.

      • game50

        Jmprint: Stop blaming other people for thing they know that they need to do,to get what they need in live.
        As for fraud …please the person in our W.H. is a fraud…his real name is Barry Soetoro he when to school as a Muslim..he want to turn America into a 3 world country. Just because he over taxing people and co.,to pay for his hand out program. Which takes away people self worth and self respect. Please get your head out of Barry bu_t and see the light of day..Have a nice day and may God be with you too.

        • FT66

          What are you writing about? Are you all that stupid, that you have to put it in writing and let everyone know how stupid you are?

          • game50

            FT66: I’m talking about voting the correct way ..with and Photo ID..

          • FT66

            game50, I have to warn you for the first and last time, that you have to be careful in whatever you write and display. Are you calling our President a fraud person? And you continued with your name calling, calling him: Barry Soetoro? Is that his really name of which he was sworn in as President of United States? If you are not sure of what you are writing, please don’t do it. Otherwise it will put you in a real, real big trouble of which you are going to regret a lot.

          • game50

            FT66: For stating facts I might get in trouble..God Help Us All..whatever happen to Freedom of Speech?

          • FT66

            You must understand the difference between freedom of speech and a speech which can lead in harming someone. What you stated is not freedom of speech. It is totally hatred. Don’t you know the real name of our President? What made you call him other names which are not known to anyone? Fine, freedom of speech which goes together with responsibilities. Are you ready to accept it?

          • game50

            FT66: Once again I’m just stated a True fact…he when to school by that name and there is Not any legal papers stating other which.

          • Louis Allen

            Don’t waste your time arguing your very true facts with somebody as ignorant as FT69.
            Remember, facts are this guy’s worst enemies.

  • Whatmeworry

    Yea we have to protect those 4 million illegals who voted for Barak in 2012

    • Sure we have to protect those 4 million immigrants who voted for BaraCk in 2012

  • hicusdicus

    Hilary would make J Goebbels proud of her.