NAACP leaders will be in Geneva, Switzerland next week to get support for ending voter suppression in the USA. The group intends to lobby the United Nations there and to examine violations of minority voting rights in America at the U.N. Human Rights Council.
NAACP President, Ben Jealous will travel with the group who will bring to light the recent Republican led voting laws in fourteen states, the he claims will lead to voter suppression of minorities.
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The Root reports:
“Now, like then, the principal concern is voting rights,” Jealous continued. “In the past year, more states have passed more laws, pushing more voters out of the ballot box, than at any point since the rise of Jim Crow. We have seen at least 5 million voters have their votes blocked by specific states like South Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, Wisconsin and so forth during the past 12 months. These include strict voter-ID bills, so-called registration-ID bills, bans on formerly incarcerated people voting and a range of other mechanisms that diminish access to the polls among minority populations.”
“The U.N. is the world’s forum for both promoting and defending democracy,” Jealous said. “In these hyper-partisan times in the U.S., we believe it is important for them to weigh in on what is happening here in our democracy. Our democracy is precious, not just to the citizens of this country but to the world.”