Demand that Congress return the Voting Rights Act to pre-2013 verbiage enforced nationally

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Petition to the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court And All State Legislatures

We, the citizenry of the United States demand the U.S. Congress and Justice Roberts return the Voting Rights Act to pre-2013 verbiage and be enforced nationwide.

We also demand state-by-state voter ID requirements that effectively deny voting rights to students, minorities, the elderly and the disabled be eliminated.  We demand additional registration and voting days and longer hours, Election Day registration, additional voting locations and more opportunities to vote by mail.

Passed repeatedly since the 1960’s, the Voting Rights Act is a vital safeguard to the right to vote.  But in 2013, the Supreme Court said major portions of the law are unconstitutional and can’t be enforced unless Congress rewrites them.

Republicans constantly whine about judges that “legislate from the bench.”  This is exactly what Justice Roberts has done in regards to both the Voting Rights Act and Citizens United.  The very thought that corporations are people and money is free speech is perverse.  They are the two things the founding fathers warned against as the greatest threats to democracy.  They are not rolling but rather spinning in their graves.

All the items mentioned in the demands above are the many ways Republicans cheat to win elections.  The voting rights versus voting fraud “debate” is the favorite “false equivalency” of the Republicans.  Voting rights have already been defined.  Now let’s talk about voter fraud.

There have been thirty one cases of voter fraud in over one billion (yes that is billion with a B) votes cast.  We therefore wish to ask elected Republicans nationwide a question; during the time frame in which those billion votes were cast, how many millions of African Americans and Latinos were denied the right to vote compared to your thirty one cases of voter fraud?

Another thing Republicans do to intentionally mislead the American public is tell the truth, but not the whole truth.  Jeff Sessions, under oath before the Senate, is the best current example.  He should resign or be impeached.

The Attorney General of the United States has fought against voting rights his entire career.  Here is Correta Scott King’s 1986 statement to the Senate about Jeff Sessions; Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to the courts.  Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.

The Republicans are not shy about outright admitting they use voter suppression to help win elections.  Just one of many examples is that of then Pennsylvania State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) who said in a speech in 2012 that voter ID would help Romney carry his state.  “Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the State of Pennsylvania: done,” Turzai said while listing his legislature’s accomplishments.

Another recent example of withholding the whole truth is Senator Ted Cruz’ (R-Texas) statement that the Democratic Party is the party of the KKK.  Well, during the civil war, with Republican Abraham Lincoln as President, the KKK did start out as a Democratic thing.  But of course, he did not tell the whole story.

In 1964 President Lyndon Johnson and the Democrats passed the Civil Rights Bill.  The result was; let us Goggle “Republican southern strategy” for you.  “In American politics the southern strategy was the Republican Party’s policy to gain political support in the South by appealing to the racism against African Americans harbored by many southern white voters.”

There is a reason why the KKK and White Nationalists celebrated the election of the current Administration.  The Republican Party has been the party of hate since 1964.  A little history lesson which Mr. Cruz never learned and likely a large percentage of young people have never heard of.

These acts being perpetrated to prevent African Americans, and to a lesser extent Latinos from voting are being found to be not only unconstitutional by the courts, but the courts are calling them out as racial animus specifically targeting African Americans.

We call on all Americans to demand we put an end to these despicable and illegal practices by signing this petition.  Congress must act on behalf of ALL Americans, who they are sworn to represent.  Additionally, Justice Roberts must not stop it with legislation from the bench after the fact.

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