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On the heels of Hillary Clinton’s first domestic policy speech since leaving the Senate,  Ready for Hillary, the high-profile SuperPAC campaigning for her to run for president in 2016,  is circulating a petition demanding that Congress address recent changes to the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court.  Speaking to the American Bar Association yesterday having been awarded the prestigious ABA Medal,  the front-runner who has not said she is running exhorted that gathering to work at the local level to demand that Congress pass legislation to restore components of the act that SCOTUS struck down.   Ready for Hillary, in support of Hillary’s first foray back into policy issues, sent the petition out in an email today.


Dear Still,

The Supreme Court recently struck down crucial provisions of the Voting Rights Act – opening the door to widespread voter disenfranchisement – and yesterday Hillary Clinton called for quick action to guarantee the right to vote for every citizen in this country.

Speaking before the American Bar Association, Hillary declared, “Anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.”

When it was first implemented, the Voting Rights Act was used to put a stop to poll taxes, literacy tests, grandfather clauses, and additional tactics that disenfranchised countless minority voters. Hillary noted, “The Department of Justice has used the law to block nearly 90 discriminatory changes to state and local election rules,” but “in the weeks since the ruling, we’ve seen an unseemly rush by previously covered jurisdictions to enact or enforce laws that will make it harder for millions of our fellow Americans to vote.”

We cannot allow this blatant voter suppression to continue. As Hillary said, “Congress should move quickly to pass legislation to replace those portions of the act that the court struck down.”

Join Hillary in demanding that Congress take action to protect the right to vote.

Yesterday, Hillary called for grassroots mobilization on this critical issue. She said, “Enforcing the Voting Rights Act has always depended on activists and advocates working at the grassroots level.”

This isn’t a Democratic or a Republican issue. Presidents of both parties have supported the Voting Rights Act. We need to ensure its protections live on.

Will you stand with Hillary and demand that Congress act to stop voter suppression?


Craig Smith
Senior Advisor

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Announcing a series of upcoming policy speeches,  Hillary Clinton accepted the American Bar Association‘s highest honor today, the ABA Medal, and spoke to the annual meeting about the importance of the Voting Rights Act.   She reminisced about early projects in which she participated as a young lawyer registering voters in Texas and tallying the number of school age children actually attending school in New Bedford Massachusetts.

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Hillary Clinton To Deliver Series Of Policy Speeches

6:19 PM EDT, Monday August 12, 2013

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton announced Monday that she will deliver a series of policy-oriented speeches on the topics of transparency and national security and their impact on America’s leadership abroad in the “next few months.”

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Hillary Clinton Speaks on Voting Rights at American Bar Association in San Francisco

Monday, Aug 12, 2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Washington to strive to protect voting rights in a speech Monday afternoon in San Francisco.

In remarks to the American Bar Association, which was honoring her, Clinton warned against the damage she said could be wrought by the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the landmark Voting Rights Act.

That ruling struck down the formula for determining which counties and states must get pre-clearance from the federal government before changing their voting rules. “By invalidating pre-clearance, the Supreme Court has shifted the burden back onto citizens alleging discrimination,” Clinton said.

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Yet another award for Hillary.

Posted Jun 28, 2013 11:47 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

American Bar Association


Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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The American Bar Association has announced that Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive its highest award—the ABA Medal.

The former U.S. secretary of state and Yale Law School graduate will be presented with the award on Aug. 12 at the ABA’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

“For Hillary Clinton’s immense accomplishments as a lawyer, the strides she made for women both professionally and civically, and for promoting the interests of the U.S. and human rights abroad, she not only deserves this honor, but also the gratitude of the legal profession and the nation,” said ABA President Laurel G. Bellows in a press release.

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