Brookfield, WI – Getting out the vote is fundamental to the success of political campaigns, but for some, just getting to vote is a major issue. Democrat Tom Palzewicz, who is running for the Fifth Congressional District seat, is applauding the efforts to persuade Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
In 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruling in the Shelby County v. Holder gutted critical voter protections within the Voting Rights Act. The Senate, in a bipartisan effort, has introduced the legislation which is designed to prevent discriminatory changes to state voting laws and procedures. The decision left the door open for states to institute a wave of voter suppression initiatives that has effectively disenfranchised minority voters.
“You saw this in the gubernatorial election in Georgia that denied Stacy Abrams supporters from voting,” said Palzewicz. “This is just Jim Crow repackaged. The legacy of John Lewis is grounded on the right to vote and express one’s opinion. It is essential to democracy. You can see since 2016 this has been a serious issue and there are efforts to suppress the vote, prevent voter registration and prevent early voting. Voters in Wisconsin had to endure the Covid-19 pandemic to vote in April’s election.”
Palzewicz is hoping that the bill will be put up for a vote, but if it isn’t, he is prepared to back any efforts moving forward in the new Congress to ensure that the right to vote is not denied any eligible voter.
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