“As the 2016 presidential Election Day looms, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) delivered a special message focusing on protecting Black progress at the ballot box.
“During this week’s CBC Message to America, Rep. Cummings said there are “blatant attempts” being made to deny African Americans the right to vote.
“Reminding viewers of the sacrifices made to secure voting rights for all in America, Cummings said, “The right to vote is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. It ensures that we each have a voice in this democracy.”
“In 2013, the Supreme Court rolled back key protections of the Voting Rights Act in the Shelby County v. Holder case. This landmark ruling removed one of the most effective tools the federal government has used to prevent states from passing laws that could disenfranchise African-Americans.
““It should come as no surprise that Republican-controlled state governments nationwide saw this as their opportunity to pass some of the most egregious voter suppression legislation since Jim Crow,” said Cummings.”
NewsOne Staff, brought to you by Congressional Black Caucus, http://www.chicagodefender.com/2016/10/04
National Civil Rights Organizations Ramp Up Election Protection 2016 To Protect Voting Rights
The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has a hotline to help voters nationwide to overcome the barriers between them and the ballot box.
Go to 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
A bilingual hotline: 888-839-8682
An Asian-language hotline: 888-274-8683, leave a message and a volunteer will return your call. Source: Black Politics on The Web.
Peace and Love.
Minnie E. Miller, writer