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Biden Takes On Voter Suppression: ‘We Have To Stand Up’

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Biden Takes On Voter Suppression: ‘We Have To Stand Up’

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Vice President Joe Biden urged voters on Monday to stand up to Republican-led efforts to limit voting rights, in a video for the Democratic National Committee’s voter expansion project.

“If someone had said to me 10 years ago I had to make a pitch for protecting voting rights today, I would have said ‘you got to be kidding,'” Biden says in the video. “But last year, when the Supreme Court cut the heart out of the Voting Rights Act, it opened up the floodgates for voter suppression.”

In the video, the vice president contrasts the Voting Rights Act’s history of bipartisan backing — noting that even segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond and conservative icon Ronald Reagan supported it — with the current efforts to undo its protection.

“This year alone there are almost 50 restrictive voting rights bills under consideration nationwide,” Biden says. “At least 11 states have introduced legislation either requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, or make existing photo ID laws more restrictive.”

He specifically highlighted laws in North Carolina, Texas, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The legislators who write and support such bills tend to justify them with unsubstantiated claims of a voter fraud epidemic (although they occasionally admit that they actually aim to disenfranchise Democrats).

“We have to stand up,” Biden urges. “It’s time to stand up and fight back.”

Vice President Biden is the latest in a string of high-profile Democrats to sound the alarm on voting rights. Former president Bill Clinton launched the DNC’s voter expansion project with a video of his own in February, and Attorney General Eric Holder announced in September that he would devote more Justice Department resources to enforcing existing voting rights protections.

The video is one of two notable political moves from the vice president on Monday; he also relaunched his Twitter account in anticipation of the midterm elections in November.

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Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. TZToronto April 7, 2014

    It’s disgusting that I, an American who has lived in Canada for many years, can vote by absentee ballot, but some member of a minority group living somewhere in the South won’t be able to cast a vote because of an insupportable right-wing fear of voter fraud (read as allowing too many Democrats to vote). Of course, I vote in Connecticut. If there’s any voter fraud going on, it’s the fraud that denies eligible voters the right to vote.

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  2. bcarreiro April 7, 2014

    The 99% of people, our president and vice president NEED to file the biggest motion to end affliations in congress…. then we would have the trickle up effect.

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  3. terry b April 8, 2014

    Since there are more democrat voting citizens the GOP knows that they must do all that they can to suppress as many democrat leaning voters. Minorities in particular. The elderly and even possibly disabled people. Than there is always the poor. If they could suppress their current ideology that is such a turn off to the rest of us, maybe they could actually accomplish something, without looking as bad as they currently do.

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    1. Allan Richardson April 8, 2014

      Democrats want to fix problems. Republicans want to fix elections. That gives them the power to create problems.

  4. paulyz April 8, 2014

    Biden knows that the voter turnout for Democrats have been at all-time highs. He is worried about losing many fraudulent votes that happened in 2012. We need to ensure the integrity of our voting for such important government positions. Indeed, we must show proper ID for just about everything else. We must also ensure that non-citizens that are in our Country Illegally do not vote……..

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    1. johninPCFL April 8, 2014

      OK then. Exempt the poor who live other than where they were born and those over 60, allow any form of state-issued photo-ID, and re-open college voting centers.

    2. BillP April 8, 2014

      Hi Cowardly lion again you write a untrue statement and will disappear when people challenge you. Will you ever grow up and grow a pair?
      In the last 2 presidential elections the % of fraudulent votes was less than .000001%, a fact you didn’t bother to check before writing your usual bs.

      You are so ridiculous that you give a thumbs up to your own comment, what a juvenile little tool you are.

    3. Sand_Cat April 8, 2014

      Yeah, sure, IDIOT. Have you EVER posted anything on this site that wasn’t a made-up “fact” or an outright lie?
      Why don’t you return your head to its customary position snugly in your rectum and stop advertising what a dishonest, ignorant, and bigoted moron you really are.

    4. darkagesbegin April 8, 2014

      “voter turnout for Democrats have been at all-time highs…” That couldn’t possibly be attributed to citizen’ awareness of where Republicans have led us and where they will lead us unless we take action before it is too late, would it? Just sayin…

  5. Budjob April 8, 2014

    Before anyone on this site gets their drawers wadded up in a bunch,this is what I read (I believe it was on ask.com),between the years 200-2010,there were 649 million votes cast in general elections.there was 47,000 UFO sightings,441 Americans killed by lightning,and THIRTEEN CREDIBE CASES OF IN-PERSON VOTER IMPERSONATION!!!How do like those bananas??

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    1. Allan Richardson April 8, 2014

      Maybe the aliens in those UFOs are voting illegally and swaying our elections?

  6. Gadsden Purchase April 9, 2014

    At this point it seems clear that Hussein Obama’s personal jihad against Western civilization is destined to fail.

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