Thursday, July 13, 2006

1965 Voting Rights Act

Would you believe a handful of Southern Conservative House Republicans are holding up the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act?? Do you want to know why?

This group of Conservative Republicans want a few amendments made to the Voting Rights Act. Here they are:
The amendments include proposals to extend the act for a decade, rather than the 25 years in the bill; require the Justice Department to prove why certain states and localities should stay on the list of those who need federal approval for changes to voting rules; and change the requirements for how states and localities qualify for that list. (ABCNews, Laurie Kellman, July 13, 2006)

But the amendment these Republicans want that really gets me twisted is the one that requires voting ballots must be printed in English only!! in districts where there are large populations of non-English speaking voters. Ah, com'on guys, haven't we had enough of this? Why can't we accommodate people (citizens that vote, in this case!) who don't speak English very well? Why can't we give a little help to Americans who want to do their duty but have a little trouble with the language?

You know what I'd like to do? Send these Conservative Republicans to live in a new country, let's say, South Korea, and then tell them that they can't vote in elections until they learn Korean. Ha! Do you know how hard Korean is for us Americans to learn?

That too mean? maryt

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