Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party Presidential elections frontrunner has called on Thursday for a change in election laws and has named a few of the Republican Presidential candidates that support such laws that keep minority groups from voting.
This Thursday, Hillary Clinton gave a campaign speech at the Texas Southern University, a historically black university, and made remarks about election laws that have been passed by the Republican led House of Representatives and explained how these laws are very restrictive to the voting rights of people of color, young people and poor people.
Such laws have been recently passed in states like Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin and make strict rules for voter ID, with photo identification requirement of having a government issued ID, when 11% of the eligible voting populations do not have it.
Clinton has remarked individually on the Republican Presidential contenders and criticized them for their push on laws that restrict the basic right to vote. She called on Texas governor Rick Perry for strict voter ID laws, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker for trying to cut the time period for early voting, New Jersey governor Chris Christie for a veto on the legislation that extends early voting period and Florida governor Jeb Bush for voter purges at the 2000 elections. She stated that she considers this kind of legislatures a way of GOP members to curtail early access to the polls and similar measures that suppress the turnout for the Democrats.
According to Reuters, Hillary Clinton was strong in condemning Republican legislatures and has stated that such laws are a “sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people. We should be clearing the way for more people to vote, not putting up every roadblock anyone can imagine.”
The voter laws are aiming only certain groups like African-Americans, Latinos, young and working Americans. However, these groups make a large percentage of the population which was also noted by Clinton, who stated “Today, Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of Americans from voting. What part of democracy are they afraid of?”
She also spoke about repairing the 1965 Voting Rights Act from a 2013 Supreme Court decision that a change in voting laws in areas with a history in racial discrimination needs an approval from Federal government.
A major campaign move for Clinton is the proposal for an automatic registration to vote for every U.S. citizen and a standard that provides 20 days of early voting period in every state.
The voting rights are considered a principle in the civic rights and every cutback of such rights is a setback to democracy and American politics. Hillary Clinton while receiving the award in honor of the African-American civil rights activist Barbara Jordan, has expressed that a Democrat view in voting rights emphasizes the importance of persevering and expanding the constitutional right to vote for every citizen.