The Voter Empowerment Act counters to a growing trend pushed by the Republican Party at the state and national level to require voters to present a photo ID when voting and other hurdles. These GOP voter laws end or curb early voting anddiscourage voter registration drives because of draconian restrictions.
“The ability to vote should be easy, accessible and simple. Yet there are practices and laws in place that make it harder to vote today than it was even one year ago. … We should be moving toward a more inclusive democracy, not one that locks people out,” said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., one of the bill’s sponsors and a 1960s civil rights icon.
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