All Americans should support right to vote

May 9, 2014 at 12:09 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Unlike today, Republicans haven't always tried to suppress the vote of groups that did not vote for them. In June 1982, President Reagan said, "I am pleased today to sign the legislation extending the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Citizens must have complete confidence in the sanctity of their right to vote, and that's what this legislation is all about. It provides confidence that constitutional guarantees are being upheld and that no vote counts more than another. To so many of our people - our Americans of Mexican descent, our black Americans - this measure is as important symbolically as it is practically. It says to every individual, 'Your vote is equal; your vote is meaningful; your vote is your constitutional right.' I've pledged that as long as I'm in a position to uphold the Constitution, no barrier will come between our citizens and the voting booth. This bill is a vital part of fulfilling that pledge."

Yet here we are in 2014 with some doing everything they can to dismantle the Voting Rights Act that Reagan supported so eloquently. The right to vote is a basic American value. All Americans should be resisting what is essentially an un-American activity. It is time for this to backfire against those trying to make it difficult for some Americans to vote. They think making voting difficult will help them win close elections.

It is time for everyone to rise above the obstacles and prove how wrong they are. We must turn out in record numbers in the next election to show that we won't allow anyone to take our right to vote away from us.

Edward Garcia, Goliad



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