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Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) delivers this week’s CBC Message To America focusing on voting rights and discriminatory voter laws impeding minorities’ access to the ballot.

Rep. Moore began her address by naming states in the country that are “making it harder” for Americans to vote. She said Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, and even her “own home state of Wisconsin” are creating obstacles to keep African-Americans from exercising their right to vote.

“We all believe in fair elections — this is vital to our democracy, but let’s not kid ourselves. These laws have nothing to do with stopping the manufactured threat of voter fraud and everything to do with making it more difficult for eligible voters to register and vote,” said Moore.

She continued, “We can’t afford to support policy makers who manipulate voting laws just because they don’t like what the people have to say.”

“The truth is, politicians and elected officials who are passing these laws are focused on defeating their opponents, not voter fraud,” Rep. Moore said.

Rep. Moore quoted the Declaration of Independence saying, “We’re all created equal.” She continued, “If we are to live up to its promise to provide all citizens with the same opportunities, we can’t deny certain people from participating equally in our democracy.”

Congresswoman Moore closed her remarks, “That’s why it’s so critical for all eligible Americans to understand their state’s requirements and exercise their fundamental right to vote and have their voice heard.”

Hear what else Rep. Moore had to say about voting rights and voter suppression in the video clip above.

For more information about the Congressional Black Caucus, visit cbc-butterfield.house.gov.

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