Cory Booker Calls for New Voting Rights Act
White House hopeful Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is calling for a new and expanded Voting Rights Act. His proposal would not only restore provisions of the original act but also tackle gerrymandering and make Election Day a national holiday. During a campaign visit to Georgia, where Democrats have accused Republicans of working to suppress votes in the 2018 gubernatorial race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, Booker detailed his plan. The Senator wants to implement a universal voter registration, add safeguards against foreign interference, allow the formerly incarcerated to vote, and stop voter suppression efforts such as purging voters from the rolls. Booker said he would rid the election system of language barriers and expand voting-by-mail, early voting, and same-day and online voter registration. He would essentially reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which narrowed the scope of the current Voting Rights Act. "For years, the right to vote for millions of Americans -- disproportionately in communities of color -- has been under assault," Booker said in a statement. "It is time for a new Voting Rights Act to finally put an end to systematic attempts to limit access to the ballot box and strip citizens of their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote." More here.