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Bridget Johnson


September 24, 2012 - 1:53 pm

Congressional Black Caucus members will be canvassing their home districts tomorrow as a part of the “For the People” Voter Protection initiative intended to draw attention to efforts such as voter ID laws.

Tuesday is also National Voter Registration Day.

“The right to vote is a critical and sacred constitutionally protected civil right. To challenge this is to erode our democracy, challenge justice, and mock our moral standing,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who will be holding an event in Houston.

CBC Democrats are protesting at least 34 states that have introduced laws that would require voters to show photo identification in order to vote and at least 12 states that have introduced laws that would require proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, to register to vote or to vote.

The CBC noted that the states involved provide 171 electoral votes in 2012 – 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.

“I urge my colleagues to join me in dismissing this crippling legislation, and pursue effective solutions to the real problems of election fraud and error,” said Jackson Lee. “We cannot let the rhetoric of an election year destroy a fundamental right upon which we have established liberty and freedom.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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