Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hillary Clinton Speaks About Voting Rights

2016 Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about voting rights in a speech delivered at Texas Southern University, a historically black college in Houston, Texas on Thursday.

Clinton proposed Americans be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18, unless they opt out, one of a series of voting-law changes she said would expand access to the ballot box. In her remarks to the audience she accused Republicans of making voting harder, particularly for minorities and young people.

Clinton called out Republicans who control the Texas Legislature for enacting a restrictive election law requiring voters to show one of a very limited selection of government photo I.D. cards with the intention of denying ballot access to certain minority voters who do not hold any of those identification cards.

Clinton also called on Congress to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013.

Hillary Clinton at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas Thursday
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