An Ounce of Prevention : NAN and Al Sharpton Launch Drive to Prevent Republican Voter Suppression in Florida

Sharpton noted too that it is significant NAN’s “Voter Engagement Tour” should begin on the very day the Republican Party had threatened to repeal the Affordable Care Act within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the law. Referencing also the House of Representatives’ vote to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, Sharpton said, it is for these reasons the protection of an individuals’ right to vote was paramount.

NAN’s Ministers Initiative is to ensure that every vote in every community across the nation is counted, Sharpton said. He rejected the claim that the new voter requirements have been put it place to prevent electoral fraud which amounted to about .0003 percent, and pointed out that about 5 million Americans could be disenfranchised in November, according to the Brennan Center for Justice in New York.

Efforts will be made to have the new voter laws rolled back, but Sharpton said, in case that doesn’t happen by November, voters should have the correct identification and other requirements in place in order to vote.

Reminding that many had lost their lives in the quest for having the right to vote, Sharpton said, it’s a small price to pay to protect that right.

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