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Christian Smith-Socaris on November 6, 2008 - 5:09pm
The right wing has lost the trust and confidence of the vast majority of the American people. The nation is seeing a surge in new voters who moving the country in a new direction. To maintain their electoral viability conservatives have redoubled longstanding efforts to suppress the votes of those they think are least likely to support their failed policies.
Progressives must fight back and protect the fundamental right to vote for every American in order to secure the equitable and prosperous future we all hope to see. This fight requires two strategies — holding the line against attacks on the right to vote such as voter ID laws and proof of citizenship requirements (and rolling them back where applicable), and putting forth strong voter protection and anti-“caging” policies that strongly sanction attempts to prevent people from voting, such as voter deception.Progressives need to take pro-active action to expand the vote, both through protecting community-based registration drives and supporting the re-enfranchisement of ex-prisoners seeking to return to the mainstream of civic life.