“…That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” The Declaration of Independence established how we will be governed and that government serves at the pleasure of its people. The idea that any government within this country has been able to dictate who can or cannot vote to replace that government, flies in the face of our Independence. Voter suppression is the work of a tyrannical government, fearful of losing power. It is imperative that Congress clearly determines and defines the standards by which federal oversight is required and these tyrannical governments are managed. Thus ensuring every eligible voter is heard.
Texas has led the United States in voting location closures since the weakening of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Over 400 polling places have closed in comparison to the next largest contender: Arizona with 200. States have been allowed to pass restrictive laws targeting minority voters. We must answer the Supreme Court’s call for a new formula determining which states should require federal supervision for changes to election laws, and require that states with persistent violations of voting rights be subject to oversight for at 10 years. States should then be allowed to get off of the list if they sufficiently correct their past violations.