President’s Message- August 2021-Attacks on Votings RightsWalt Williams

This article appeared in the Edwardsville Intelligencer, August 14, 2021

More than a dozen states across the country have passed laws that make it harder for Black voters and other voters of color to access the ballot box. This legislative push represents a clear backlash to the record turnout by Black voters and other voters of color in recent elections and is aimed at suppressing their future participation in the political process.

State legislators have passed over 250 bills in 43 states to make it harder to register and/or vote.   These bills aim to disenfranchise millions of Americans by the following tactics: 1) curtailing early voting or by mail; 2) making it difficult to vote in person (stricter photo identification); 3) making it more difficult to register to vote (eliminate automatic voter registration, elimination of same-day registration; and requiring written proof of citizenship; 4) voters being purged from voter rolls.

In the words of the late John Lewis, it is time to get in “Good Trouble.” Defined as necessary trouble to redeem the soul of America.  In this case, it is ensuring the right to vote for all citizens.

Over the next few weeks, the NAACP ask you to join us as we mobilize by calling and writing your representatives in Congress demanding:

Voting rights are essential to taking back our democracy and building a better future. We want a government that is fair, inclusive, and gives everyone a chance to participate. This means ensuring access to the right to vote and making sure those votes are counted. We cannot do this impactful work without your support.

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