Thursday letters: Let’s protect our voting rights

July 17, 2014 

America Votes

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ANDY KING — AP

As our democracy hangs in the balance, many Americans are on the verge of losing rights that should no longer be on the table and up for discussion. Is our nation progressing or regressing?

Last year the U.S. Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act by doing away with Section 4 — a provision that protected the voters in states with notoriously bad records of voter protection. We continue to need these protections as laws change throughout the nation — leading to the disenfranchisement of many citizens.

Today, we are a mere 49 years from the signing of the Voting Rights Act, and we continue to need these protections to ensure our democracy remains strong and secure. This is not a partisan issue, this is an American issue. Lawmakers must be persuaded to protect our most vulnerable eligible voters.

I challenge you to do not only what is right but what is expected of you. Be the voice for your American people. Protect our voting rights.

La’Quantia Goodman

Florence

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