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Protecting the right to vote vs the need for voter identification

By Congressman Charles Gonzalez | 04 de julio de 2012

Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez (TX-20), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Elections, issued a statement earlier this week for publication.

San Antonio.- Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez (TX-20), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Elections, issued a statement earlier this week for publication.

The Congressman praised the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) decision to deny preclearance for a South Carolina law that would require voters to have a photo ID in order to vote, citing the requirement created a discriminatory barrier for minority citizens who want to vote.

“There is no right more fundamental to our American experience than the right to vote, and protecting it is one of the foremost jobs of the federal government and of the Department of Justice. A great deal of pressure has been brought on the Department of Justice to simply ‘go-along’ and let the states restrict voting. In the face of such pressure, I commend Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez for their proud work to protect our country’s most sacred right.

“As we celebrate our Independence Day tomorrow, and our freedom from ‘Taxation Without Representation’, it is appropriate that we give a moment’s thought to the men and women who work and fight every day to keep us free from such tyranny. We are a better country and our democratic and republican systems are stronger thanks to their refusal to allow discriminatory laws to tarnish our claim to be the home of the free.”

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