May 2, 2013

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Strengthening Our Democracy by Making It Easier to Vote

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There are some rights that are so fundamental to our society that you’d think the public debate would be closed on them. The right of every American citizen to vote — regardless of age, race, or income level — is one of them.

It’s a right that we have as a free people because so many courageous individuals sacrificed before us. Our parents and grandparents, and the brave men and women who died for this right, all understood a powerful truth at the heart of the American dream: the stronger we make our country, the more she gives back to us, to our children, and to our grandchildren. That better, stronger future rests in the hands of those who cast their ballots all across America: in every state, in every city and town.

Yet today, this fundamental right is under attack. In states like South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, Republican governors have signed into law voter ID measures that would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters in their states that don’t currently meet the strict specifications of the new laws. And in other states like Florida and Ohio, Republican governors are making it harder to vote by reducing the length of early voting and restricting the use of absentee ballots. It should come as no surprise that the voters affected by these new laws are more likely to be minorities, college students, working people, the elderly and lower income voters — voters that tend to skew Democratic.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gov-martin-omalley/strengthening-our-democra_b_3199673.html