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Now we see what happens when the Voting Rights Act is gutted

Now we see what happens when the Voting Rights Act is gutted.

Since Jill Stein announced her request of a vote recount in certain states, there have been numerous op-eds and letters regarding this announcement ("Jill Stein explains rationale of Michigan presidential recount request," Nov. 30). I have seen interviews with Ms. Stein who has stated her reason for doing this was because she believes some machines were not certified, some had "glitches" and some were comprised.

But the question everyone is asking is, "Will the recount make any difference?" And, of course, the answer is it won't. So why the request? To me, it's about the Voting Rights Act. When parts of that act were overturned by the Supreme Court, it opened our election process to the same abuses that occurred during "Jim Crow" era. Several states were able to pass voter ID laws which was one of the most egregious discriminatory acts of that era. Yes, federal courts struck down some of the ID laws as being too discriminatory. But what will happen when those states take their case to the Supreme Court after a Trump nominee is affirmed? For me, that is scary.

The ID laws were not the only example of voting suppression. There were 886 polling places closed throughout the South since key portions of the act were overturned. This made it very difficult for people to vote. Isn't that discrimination? Then during early voting, many eligible voters found they were dropped from the rolls in North Carolina. There was even a lawsuit filed regarding this act.

Yes, this election is over, and we need to accept the results. But we also need to remain vigilant about our Constitutional Rights. This is not a "liberal" or a Democratic Party thing. This is what about we are entitled to as U.S. citizens.

Michelle Peyton

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