Drew Betz: No denying voters

April 5, 2013 

No denying voters

“It is wrong – deadly wrong – to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States’ rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights,” President Lyndon B. Johnson said upon signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The words from President Johnson on this landmark occasion outlined America’s dedication to the guarantee that every American will have the right to vote, and that no government, whether local, state or federal, would interfere with this inalienable right.

If one citizen is denied the right to cast a ballot, or discouraged from doing so, we as a society have failed to uphold the core values of a true democracy.

House Bill 253 will create a barrier to vote for qualified Americans and North Carolinians. With every additional layer of administration, we will lose a portion of our voting public. The drawbacks of this bill far outweigh the benefits, and we must all come together to ensure that we do not deny, nor discourage our fellow Americans from voting.

Drew Betz

Raleigh

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