As we rapidly approach the 2016 presidential election (too rapid for some) we need to improve access to voting. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton discussed this topic on a recent visit to Texas. She feels that there is a sweeping effort to disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people.
North Carolina passed a bill that makes voting less accessible or convenient. Former Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that according to a federal court was written for the purpose of discriminating against minorities.
In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation that makes it more difficult for college students to vote. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation to extend early voting. In Florida, former Gov. Jeb Bush and state authorities conducted a purge which removed thousands of voters from the rolls, which likely affected the 2000 national presidential election.
We need to increase access to voting, not deny it. Hillary Clinton called for universal automatic voter registration for every qualified citizen. Oregon has just passed a law which does that, and California may add more than 6 million new voters if it follows suit.
Resist Republican efforts to restrict voting and support universal access for those qualified.