Letter to the Editor

Uniform voting

Arroyo GrandeJune 28, 2013 

Within hours of the Supreme Court decision removing federal oversight of Southern states’ voting procedures, as “no longer necessary,” Texas (yes, the “we wish to secede” state), moved forward to further its redistricting and voter ID laws, undoubtedly restricting or at least further complicating minorities’ right to vote.

The answer, at least as far as national elections are concerned, is for Congress to finally pass a true Federal Voting Act, providing a level playing field, with all features of the voting process — eligibility standards, hours of operation, type of forms used, proxy rules, etc. — completely identical in all 50 states. Trusting any state government to control any aspect of a national election is no longer an option.

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