Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Important message from @BernieSanders

Bernie Sanders

Let us stand together against voter suppression and for American democracy.
Elections should be about candidates making the best case they can to their constituents and letting the voters decide. What elections should not be about in a democratic society is winning because your opponents are prevented from voting. And let's be clear: That is exactly what cowardly Republicans are doing right now.
In Georgia, Democrats have an outstanding progressive candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams. She happens to be running against the very person, the secretary of state, who controls the voting process in the state. And, pathetically, that person, Brian Kemp, is working overtime to deny many African Americans the right to vote in the upcoming election.
Thankfully the NAACP is taking action. They are not just running one of the most aggressive voter registration campaigns in the country, they are now going to court to make sure everyone, regardless of their race or income, can vote on election day.
Four years ago, Stacey Abrams’ opponent, the man now in charge of voting in Georgia, made the following statement: “Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November.”
In 2017, his office canceled about 670,000 voter registrations. And now he has put on hold 50,000 new voter registrations in the state, potentially preventing those newly registered from voting. It’s no surprise that 70 percent of the registrations being held up by his office belong to African Americans.
We cannot let this stand. The NAACP is fighting back, filing lawsuits to stop this voter suppression from taking place. We need to do everything we can to support them.
Every American, no matter what his or her political view, must vigorously protest outrageous attempts to suppress the vote.
Our job is to make it easier for people to vote, not harder – regardless of who they plan on voting for. We believe our ideas can win. Clearly Republicans don’t.
In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

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