Once again, we find ourselves in a year in which America will vote. A change will come in 2016, but the change is obviously made by the will of the people. Nevada voters are just as part of the people as anyone, but they have faced continuous obstacles when it came to voting many times in the past.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the legacy of this act is a lie, at least for the population of the Silver State. Republican-proposed legislation in Carson City to impede access to the box did not pass this year. Nevertheless, it reminded us that there are people who have do not have a shred of decency and are willing to suppress the majority’s will.
Voter suppression is not a joke, it is an issue and a very real one. It is inexcusable that we, the American people, allow such nonsense to occur in 2016 in a country that we proudly call democratic. We do not only need the help of officials, but we must help ourselves above all. Your vote is important, my vote is important, everyone’s vote is important.
In this session specifically, there we numerous overly restrictive voter-ID bills which had the aim of stopping people from voting.
Hillary Clinton pointed out in one of her speeches that it is important to uphold our rights. She called for the universal, automatic voter registration for Americans who are 18 years old and debated a new national standard of 20 days of in-person early voting. She also demanded that the Congress restore sections of the Voting Right Act that were eliminated back in 2013.
She won the support of many people when she asked Republicans to explain why they are so afraid of the public’s desire. Their fear is masked by a meaningless concern about how the elections will turn out inaccurate because of fraud attempts.
The right to vote is a right that nobody can take from us. We cannot allow ourselves to be robbed in plain sight. While Nevada has all the means to vote, it is imperative that we ask authorities to keep a vigilant eye on how the election process is going to be conducted.
Overall there are many Americans who are legally able to vote but are not registered to vote. And we are talking about a percentage in between 25 and 33 percent of all Americans.
It is time we put an end to this once and for all. We are allowed to vote, so let us vote.
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