Let’s work to overturn voter suppression laws
In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act in its controversial Shelby decision, states have muscled through some of the worst voter suppression laws since the days of Jim Crow. They include cutbacks on early voting and voter photo ID requirements that disproportionately impact minorities.
We, as a nation, profess equal rights for all people and were founded on that principle. As a nation of immigrants and rules that evolved too slowly over that past 200 years, we can do better. We must continue to work against these discriminatory laws – in courtrooms, statehouses and communities across the county – helping voters defend their rights. John Lewis, now a congressman, returned to Selma, Ala., to march on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. His courage led directly to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Let us honor him and not undermine our voting rights privileges.
Judith M. Metzger