Green Party calls for full restoration of Voting Rights Act

logoGreen Party leaders said Tuesday that the closing of 31 driver’s license offices in Alabama proves the need for full restoration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as other election reforms.

Green Party Black Caucus Co-Chair Thomas Muhammad said, “The government of Alabama made the case for the Voting Rights Act when it shut down 31 driver’s license offices, mostly in counties with black majority populations. Alabama’s restrictive I.D. law was a blatant attempt to obstruct blacks from voting. States are still vulnerable to the kind of abuses that the Voting Rights Act is designed to correct.”

The Green Party said Alabama’s combination of voter I.D. laws and obstruction of black voter registration are just the most recent and conspicuous assault on fair and democratic elections.

California Green U.S. Senate candidate Shamako Noble said, “Voter I.D. laws are one of several ways in which Republicans — and also Democrats — manipulate elections. Another way is gerrymandering by both parties’ lawmakers, especially by Republicans in 2011 to give them virtually permanent control over seats in statehouses and Congress. Democrats and Republicans have conspired to pass ballot access laws that privilege their own candidates and hinder third parties and independents.”


  1. No new legislation is needed. The Supreme Court struck down only one provision in the Voting Rights Act — which was indeed unconstitutional, and which was never a permanent part of the Act anyway — and there are plenty of other voting-rights laws available to ensure that the right to vote is not violated. What’s more, the principal bill that has been drafted is bad legislation. For example, it does not protect all races equally from discrimination; it contains much that has nothing to do with the Supreme Court’s decision; and it itself violates the Constitution by prohibiting practices that are not actually racially discriminatory but only have racially disproportionate effects. The bill is also partisan; at Senate hearings last year, it was clear that no Republican would favor it, because it is designed to give a partisan advantage to the Left.

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