Honor the Voting Rights Act!
- Morgan Lowder
About This Event:
Starting on January 1st 2013, the state of South Carolina became subject to Voter ID legislation. This legislation was passed with the justification of preventing voter fraud. This voter fraud was non-existent and the legislation disproportionately affects minorities, the young, and the elderly.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed in order to prevent these sorts of discriminatory voting practices which effectively disenfranchised millions of American citizens. Now there is discussion within the Supreme Court about removing Section 5; the part of the Voting Rights Act which requires states with a history of discrimination (of which South Carolina is one) to receive approval from the Department of Justice before changing their voting laws.
Regardless of the Supreme Court's decision on Section 5, we request that the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives honor the Voting Right's Act and the right for all of South Carolina's citizens to partake in the democratic self government. The right for American citizens to decide who is in their government is one that, under no circumstances, can be infringed upon.
We will be collecting hand-written signatures on this day.