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Green Party: SCOTUS decision gutting Voting Rights Act proves need for right to vote amendment

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States called the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which gutted key provisions of the law, a serious blow to the right of every American to vote in elections.

Greens spoke out in defense of the VRA and on the need for a constitutional guarantee of the right to vote, especially in light of a growing movement to invalidate voters — especially targeting Blacks — in many states.

The Green Party also calls for at-large winner-take-all election systems, which are prevalent in the U.S., to be replaced with proportional representation and multi-seat districts. These reforms ensure the representation of all kinds of minorities and prevent “the tyranny of the majority.”

Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States: “The Shelby County v. Holder decision proves that we need to repair a gaping hole in the U.S. Constitution — the lack of language stating that Americans have a right to vote. Since its passage in 1965, the VRA has been renewed by Congress but has always been vulnerable to repeal by a hostile Supreme Court. The decision allows states to impose obstructions that effectively (though not explicitly) disenfranchise voters based on race or other criteria. We’re already seeing such efforts by legislators in some states, such as Voter ID laws. The protections of the VRA are as urgent in 2013 as they were in 1965.” Continue Reading

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Green Party Black Caucus issues press release

Yesterday the Green Party Black Caucus issued a press release addressing a letter of protest they sent to Attorney General Eric Holder. In part the GPBC is concerned about the impact of the Electoral College on minority and smaller party voters. The full text of the press release is below the fold.

In addition, the GPBC website carries this 12 minute video of Asa Gordon called “Democratizing the Electoral College” H/T to Diane White.

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