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Tag Archives: Voting Rights Act

‘Ballot harvesting’ work of special interests

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As the iconic voting rights hero Rep. John Lewis once said, “The right to vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument in a democratic society.” As such, ballots should NEVER EVER be trifled with by anyone, at any time, under any circumstances.

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U.S. House Takes Step to Restore Voting Rights (access required)

Vote in a political campaign concept with a graphic element icon of voting as a jigsaw puzzle that is complete representing democratic elections organisation and campaigning for government positions of power between conservatives and liberals.

In Arizona and across the nation Republican politicians are engaging in a power grab – they are actively working to suppress the vote and discriminating against minority communities to stop regular people from having a say. Now is the moment to make the changes needed to restore our democracy.

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House set to begin votes on bills Tuesday (access required)

House Speaker Rusty Bowers votes Monday in the Rules Committee on what bills will be heard this week. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

The Arizona House of Representatives is set to hear potentially dozens of bills this week -- including a measure to shield businesses from legal liability if a patron or employee gets COVID-19 -- even as the Senate sits recessed, poised to finalize last week’s adjournment motion and end the session.

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Native Americans still fight for voting equality

Mural of a Native American on the side of a trading post that sold goods from tribes on the Navajo Nation near Gallup, New Mexico. (Mike Lakusiak/News21)

Despite gaining the rights to citizenship and voting in 1924 from the federal government, Native Americans in some states could not vote until 1962. Those who live on reservations have consistently dealt with distances and language barriers when it comes to voting. But experts who have studied Native American voting rights said recent changes to legal requirements and provisions for voting have exacerbated those problems.

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