Dangerously prevalent in election as poor and minorities targeted, Congressman fights against voter suppression that continues to present a danger to rights
Fattah Calls on Senator Reid to Launch Voter Suppression Hearings to Guarantee Voting Rights
Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02), a champion for voters rights in Pennsylvania and nationwide, today wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) calling on him to convene hearings into widespread voter suppression. “The right to vote is fundamental. When efforts are made to suppress it or disallow it, our system of representative government is destabilized,” Fattah said in his letter to Reid. “I call on you to hold a full-fledged bipartisan Senate investigation into this terrible injustice against millions of American citizens.”
Fattah cited several prominent examples for the 2012 election cycle, including illegal actions such as throwing away valid Virginia registration cards to false-information mailers by Ohio election officials to restrictive Voter ID laws and proposals in Pennsylvania and other states.
“Unfortunately, these were not isolated examples. Rather, the 2012 campaign was rife with what seemed to be a well-orchestrated and coordinated campaign by various groups to curtail voting in low income and minority communities,” Fattah said. “These methods have a disproportionate negative impact on voters in African-American, Hispanic, and low-income communities.”
The supposed goal of many voter suppression tactics, Fattah said, is the bogus allegation of widespread “in-person voter fraud.” He said experts have found only ten such cases nationwide over the last decade, “and none of these has been substantiated.”
Fattah, representing parts of Philadelphia and suburban Montgomery County, has been highly critical of the new Pennsylvania Voter ID law, which was put on hold by the state Supreme Court just before the Nov. 6 election.
Here is the text of the Fattah letter: