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McConnell, Paul should support Voting Rights Advancement Act

Dear Editor,

Thanks to Kentucky leaders for postponing the spring primary election and allowing all voters to cast absentee ballots on June 23. Voting is likely to be equally challenging in the fall election, making it critical that we pass legislation to ensure that all voters can easily exercise their right to vote even beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

Why? Because many states have passed laws in recent years to suppress voting rights, partly as a result of a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that swept away key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Examples of recent restrictions include limits on early voting, curbing voter registration drives, prohibiting past felons from voting and “exact match” laws that require names on registration forms to match other state databases. Such laws disproportionately affect the poor, minorities, college students and the elderly.

The Voting Rights Advancement Act, passed by the U.S. House and awaiting a Senate hearing, restores protections of the 1965 law. I urge all citizens to contact Senators Mitch McConnell (502-582-6304) and Rand Paul (270-782-8303) and ask them to support this bill. The original Voting Rights Act received bipartisan support and this one should, too.

Victoria Keith,

Oak Grove, KY

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