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VOTING RIGHTS: Should Congress Pass a New Voting Rights Act?
Should Congress pass a new Voting Rights Act? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this divisive issue. Here is a sample of the pro/con arguments on both sides of the issue.
Recent Republican-led changes to voting procedures have threatened the rights of low-income and minority voters. The U.S. Supreme Court was wrong to void the federal oversight provision of the Voting Rights Act, and new protections are necessary to ensure that African Americans and others retain their political voice.
It is easier than ever for Americans to cast their ballots, and the strong-arm federal tactics of the Voting Rights Act are no longer necessary. Distrust in the integrity of the electoral system is widespread among the American public, and Democrats should not obstruct commonsense measures to prevent voter fraud.
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