From the American Postal Workers Union:
At a panel discussion sponsored by the National Press Club on May 13, APWU President Mark Dimondstein championed voting by mail, which would give more Americans access to the ballot box.
This year’s presidential contest is the first national election since the Supreme Court struck down a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that required states with a history of voter suppression to get approval from the Attorney General before making changes to their voting laws.
After the 2013 ruling, 17 states rushed to enact laws designed to limit voting, especially among minorities, the young and the elderly. The new regulations include provisions that cut early voting opportunities, imposed strict photo identification requirements, and demanded proof of citizenship – which many citizens would find difficult to do.
“All of these would have been blocked by the Voting Rights Act, if not for the Supreme Court ruling,” said Kristin Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Continue reading