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To hear Bernie Sanders at the National Action Network convention today,  you would think he was the only person crusading against the rollback of voting rights in many states.  So, just as a reminder, here are the times Hillary Clinton has spoken out against these actions and in favor of specific aggressive, progressive action to ensure and expand voter participation.  She has reminded audiences that Citizens United was initiated specifically against her, and she was the candidate who way last year called for automatic voter registration at age 18.

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Statement on SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision

June 25, 2013

We are disappointed in today’s decision striking at the heart of the Voting Rights Act.  For over four decades the Act has succeeded in overcoming unconstitutional barriers to voting, and has demonstrated its central role in protecting this essential freedom.  We strongly urge Congress to put aside partisanship and politics, as it did in 2006, and promptly pass legislation to replace those portions of the Act struck down today.

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Hillary Clinton Receives ABA Medal and Addresses Voting Rights Issues

August 12, 2013

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“By invalidating pre-clearance, the Supreme Court has shifted the burden back onto citizens alleging discrimination,” Clinton said.

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On the Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Hillary Clinton Hits Back at Republican Voter Suppression

June 4, 2015

She called for reforms including:

  • expanded absentee and early voting;
  • online registration;
  • cutting delays;
  • 20 days of early in-person voting;
  • weekend voting;
  • universal automatic voter registration at 18 (She noted that 1/4 to 1/3 of those eligible are not registered);
  • abatement of the blizzard of old-fashioned paperwork in favor of streamlined, technology-assisted documentation.

Included in that post was an email from Hillary which read in part:

… in Texas, you can use your concealed weapon permit to vote, but not your student ID.This kind of disparity doesn’t happen by accident, and I’m going to do something about it. Let’s send a message that we won’t stand for this brutal undermining of the right to vote: Sign your name right now to support equal voting rights for every American.

Making it harder for Americans to vote is just wrong, and counter to the values we share. If you’re as outraged as I am, add your name right now to fight for fair voting rights for all:https://www.hillaryclinton.com/voting-rights/Thank you,

Hillary

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Hillary Clinton: “What part of democracy are they afraid of?”

June 13, 2015

We need Justices on the Supreme Court who will protect every citizen’s right to vote, (cheers, applause) rather than every corporation’s right to buy elections. (Cheers, applause.)

If necessary, I will support a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. (Cheers, applause.)

I want to make it easier for every citizen to vote. That’s why I’ve proposed universal, automatic registration and expanded early voting. (Cheers, applause.)

I’ll fight back against Republican efforts to disempower and disenfranchise young people, poor people, people with disabilities, and people of color. (Cheers, applause.)

What part of democracy are they afraid of?

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On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act last year, she circulated a request to her supporters via Twitter.  This was not an empty gesture or “busy work.”  It was a request for opinions which Hillary large scale on many issues and then recycles into policy plans – an extension of her listening tours that can include everyone – even those she does not meet personally.

Tell Hillary Clinton What Voting Rights Mean to You! #VRA50

August 6, 2015

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Hillary has posted a few questions to which you can respond on Twitter.

Aug 4  The Voting Rights Act turns 50 this week. When did you cast your first ballot & what did it mean to you? Share your story with .

Tomorrow is the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act—what does the right to vote mean to you? Share your story with .

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So lest anyone walk away with the impression that Bernie Sanders alone stands for their right to vote, there is all of the above paired with Hillary’s work, going back to the 1972 McGovern campaign in Texas, to register voters and support Democratic candidates for office.  The latter cannot be claimed by the gentleman from Vermont.

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