The Republican Get together is doing all the things in its energy to suppress and assault the voting rights of individuals of color, India-origin senator and Democratic Get together’s vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris alleged on Wednesday.
Paying tributes to all of the brave ladies all through historical past who fought for voting rights, Harris, in an op-ed on the event of Girls’s Equality Day, stated that however for the nineteenth Modification, neither she nor her mom from India would have been in a position to train their proper to vote.
“If I had been alive in 1920, I won’t have been allowed to solid a poll alongside white ladies. Neither would my mom, an immigrant from India, who first taught me how sacred our vote is,” Harris, 55, wrote in her op-ed. She is the primary girl of color and first American of Indian descent to have been nominated by a significant political occasion as a vice-presidential candidate.
“It could be one other 45 years till the Voting Rights Act protected the voting rights of thousands and thousands of extra voters of color – and an extra 10 years till Latinas and Indigenous ladies had been not topic to literacy assessments,” she stated.
In her op-ed, Harris alleged that the Republicans are as soon as once more doing all the things of their energy to suppress and assault the voting rights of individuals of color.
They’re deploying suppressive voter ID legal guidelines, racial gerrymandering, voter roll purges, precinct closures and diminished early-voting days – all of which have been laser-targeted towards communities of color for the reason that Supreme Court docket gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, she alleged.
“And this 12 months, Republicans are additionally spending thousands and thousands on each scare tactic and trick within the ebook. Most visibly, they’re doing what they will to make the most of a pandemic that the president can not, or is not going to, get underneath management.
“They’re spreading misinformation about voting by mail – a secure and safe voting possibility – they usually have been caught making an attempt to politicise the US Postal Service,” Harris stated.
“In the meantime, the president himself has already requested a mail-in poll this 12 months and inspired his supporters to do the identical in locations the place he wants a political benefit to win. This double commonplace shouldn’t be proper and can’t stand,” she wrote.
The Biden marketing campaign, she stated, is committing the sources wanted to beat again voter suppression.
“We have to be sure that everybody who’s eligible to vote is in a position to take action – and that their vote is counted,” she stated.
Her marketing campaign is working with election officers throughout the nation so as to add early-voting places, she stated.
“The place attainable, we’re offering absentee poll request types with pay as you go postage and monitoring functions to verify they had been submitted, in accordance with state legal guidelines. And when crucial, we’ll go to courtroom to guard everybody’s proper to entry the polls and safely solid their poll – in particular person or by the mail,” Harris stated.
However the present crises, the Biden-Harris administration will cross the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and “fulfill the promise embodied within the nineteenth Modification,” she stated.
In a separate assertion on Girls’s Equality Day, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the previous vice chairman, and the previous second woman Dr Jill Biden joined People in celebrating the lengthy line of ladies who’ve reached out by historical past as fearless, formidable trailblazers to ship a greater future for America’s daughters.
“From the suffragists to the labour organisers, to the ladies who proceed to guide the combat for the Equal Rights Modification, and from the glass-ceiling breakers to the ladies in each office who need to combat twice as onerous simply to show their fundamental dignity each single day, American ladies have pushed this nation ahead, one step at a time,” they stated in a joint assertion.