Automatic voter registration is Hillary Clinton’s first “big idea” of the 2016 election. Voting rights is an important issue, and one Clinton can champion without stepping on the toes of the big money interests financing her campaign. While I generally agree with Clinton’s current position on voting rights I must point out that Bernie Sanders has been a strong advocate of voting rights for some time now.
“The Supreme Court has turned back the clock on equality in America by striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The landmark civil rights law that Congress passed almost five decades ago, and reauthorized with overwhelming bipartisan support only seven years ago, has been an important tool to protect voters in places with a history of discrimination. The law is as necessary today as it was in the era of Jim Crow laws. We must act immediately to rewrite this vital law.”
Sanders also called for making election day a national holiday to make it easier for working people to vote. He has consistently voted against restrictive voter id requirement legislation.
This isn’t a new issue for Bernie Sanders. This isn’t an issue he just decided to focus on last week. My point, dear voter, is that if voting rights is among your primary concerns, you need look no further than Bernie Sanders.