Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Thursday called for every American to automatically be registered to vote while calling out four potential GOP presidential rivals for being “scared of letting citizens have their say,” CNN reports.
During a talk at the historically Black Texas Southern University, Clinton said she supports the idea of signing every American up to vote as soon as they’re eligible when they turn 18, unless they specifically opt out, the report notes. She also called for expanded access to polling places, keeping them open for at least 20 days, and offering voting hours on evenings and weekends, the report notes.
For the first time in her campaign, she attacked her likely opponents by name as she laid into four GOP governors — Texas’s Rick Perry, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Florida’s Jeb Bush and New Jersey’s Chris Christie — telling them to “stop fear-mongering about a phantom epidemic of voter fraud.”
“All of these problems voting just didn’t happen by accident,” she said. “And it is just wrong — it’s wrong — to try to prevent, undermine and inhibit Americans’ right to vote.”
The former secretary of state’s move to put voter access front and center in the 2016 presidential campaign highlights a contrast with laws implemented by GOP-controlled legislatures in states like North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and Florida that cut down on early voting times and tighten voter identification rules.
In what Clinton called “a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people,” writes the news outlet, the Supreme Court in 2013 gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Read more here.
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