Target: Senator Bernie Sanders
Goal: Propose constitutional amendment to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to ensure that every American has easy access to voting.
The right to vote in the U.S. has been severely infringed upon ever since Shelby v. Holder declared that states with a history of voter suppression no longer had to seek approval when they wanted to change their voting laws. This effectively allowed states with a history of discrimination to create new restrictions on voting without needing federal approval to do so.
Very quickly, states like Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, South Dakota, Iowa, and Indiana have enacted laws that have been shown to be discriminatory, especially against minority communities and people of color. It’s time to demand that Senator Sanders help restore the Voting Rights Act so every American gets the chance to vote.
Ever since the beginning of his campaign, Bernie Sanders has lobbied extensively to fix the Voting Rights Act and overturn the Supreme Court ruling of Shelby v. Holder that allowed these new restrictions to become commonplace again. It is time that Senator Sanders introduce a constitutional amendment that would fully re-instate all sections of the Voting Rights Act. As a Senator, and a particularly popular one at that, Sanders has the ability and the support to pass legislation that would secure every American citizen a right to vote without needing a photo ID or other unnecessary document to do so.
Candidates from both political parties over the years have championed the Voting Rights Act and presidents like Nixon, Reagan, and Ford have all signed extensions on the bill, so clearly this is not a partisan issue. Even two years ago, a bipartisan group proposed legislation that would modernize the bill to include language that protects the rights of minority communities that are affected by the Shelby v. Holder decision. Demand that Congress comes together and declares that “enough is enough” by re-instating the Voting Rights Act in full form and allowing every American citizen to practice their fundamental right to vote.
Dear Senator Sanders,
With your nationwide recognition as one of the most popular and well-liked Senators in Congress, I feel it is imperative that you introduce legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act and overturn the horrendous Shelby v. Holder decision. You have been one of the most vocal supporters of the Voter’s Rights Act, so we, the American People, feel that you must take action to ensure that everybody has the right to vote.
This election has been one of the most polarizing displays of politics this country has ever seen, and now more than ever, it is important that every American citizen is able to make their voice heard come November. In states such as Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, and Alabama, repressive voter laws still exist that seek to block out the voices and votes of the American people.
History has shown that this is not a partisan issue and with your bipartisan likability and high approval rating, I feel you are the perfect person to bring this issue to the forefront of American politics, especially in this election year. Please take action to ensure that by the time November comes around, every citizen in this country has the right to choose their next leader.
[Your Name Here]
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