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Happy Women's History Month
The Voting Rights Alliance & The National Organization of Women Present:
A Facebook Live Event Panel Discussion on Voter Fraud:
"Voting Rights: A Look at Voter Suppression in the US"
Voting rights across the country are under attack. From voter ID laws to racial gerrymandering, there has been an increase in the systematic disenfranchisement of millions of people in the United States. President Donald Trump has repeatedly leveled an unsubstantial and controversial charge of voter fraud by millions during the 2016 Presidential Elections. Indeed, he has promised to issue an Executive Order establishing an investigatory commission on voter fraud to be led by Vice President Mike Pence. However, these charges of voter fraud distract from the real plague of the 2016 Presidential elections: voter suppression.
In 2016, our nation's most vulnerable voters encountered innumerable obstacles attempting to vote during the primaries, early voting, and the general election. Throughout the nation, states decreased polling sites resulting in horrendous long lines. A number of states failed to process voter registrations in time for the elections. Electronic poll books and optical scan failures resulted in thousands upon thousands of voters being unable to vote due to long lines. Several lawsuits were able to defeat voter suppression laws in North Carolina and Texas due to racial discrimination. Still in many states, the impact of new Voter ID laws were harmful to Latino, African American and low income voters. Despite these realities, states are pursuing more and more draconian voter suppression measures as emergency legislation under the guise of voter suppression.
March 15, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. edt., the National Organization of Women (NOW), in partnership with the Voting Rights Alliance, hosted a very special Facebook Live event on the state of voting rights and what you can do to fight back.
- NOW President, Terry O'Neill;
- Transformative Justice Coalition President and Voting Rights Alliance Convener, Barbara Arnwine;
- The Reverend Lennox Yearwood of Hip Hop Caucus; and,
- District of Columbia NOW President, Monica Weeks.
The Facebook Live event was broadcasted live from NOW's Facebook page at Facebook.com/NationalNow.
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