Letter: Postpone recess, pass Voting Rights acts now

Daily Freeman
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Dear Editor,

The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, filibustered by Republicans this year, are the highest priorities in preventing GOP extremists from eliminating and stealing votes that do not favor them.

Before year end, the U.S. Senate must meet the urgency of this moment and turn its attention to critical legislation that would protect every citizen’s democratic right to vote. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., must postpone Congressional recess to get this done.

Attacks on our electoral system, beginning with the violent Jan. 6 insurrection in our nation’s capital, have only accelerated. An extremist GOP continues the assault on American democracy with the introduction of more than 400 voter suppression bills in Republican-controlled state legislatures, targeting the Black and Brown communities that came out in record numbers against Donald Trump in 2020. These new bills not only make it more difficult to vote by curtailing early and mail-in ballots, but also by distorting district maps to concentrate GOP minority political power.

The right to vote is the backbone of our democracy. Let’s not allow the GOP to break it.

Lyn DelliQuadri
Kingston, N.Y.

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