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(3,089 posts)
Sat May 28, 2016, 07:35 AM May 2016

This, right here is what I have been screaming about. HRC camp should have been busy handling this

along with her POC base. This should be the main purpose of her ground game and I haven't heard or seen anything about Hillary engaging with the old civil rights and voting rights activists in a serious GOTV and GOTRegistration movement. I know she is busy fending off attacks from the FBI, State, Congress, Bernie and Trump all at the same time but this movement should have been started in 2015 and should be very visible right now.

"MOST AMERICANS DON’T THINK ABOUT VOTING RIGHTS - Samantha Lachman: “National Democrats are doing more outreach than ever before to convince voters they are the party that defends the right to vote. But new polling from The Huffington Post and YouGov demonstrates they have some work to do to get that message to voters. This presidential election year is the first without the full protections of the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA).... For 17 states, this presidential election will be the first in which new voting restrictions are in effect, according to the Brennan Center for Justice….Despite these stepped-up engagement efforts, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll reveals that a significant chunk of U.S. adults don’t have fully formed opinions about which party is more committed to protecting the right to vote. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they trust Democrats more on voting rights, 32 percent said they trust Republicans more and 30 percent said they were not sure.” [HuffPost]

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This, right here is what I have been screaming about. HRC camp should have been busy handling this (Original Post) Jitter65 May 2016 OP
You are right. Her position on this is a good one, and well though out as are all of her other Squinch May 2016 #1
It was one of the first things she talked about in this campaign EarlG May 2016 #2


(51,352 posts)
1. You are right. Her position on this is a good one, and well though out as are all of her other
Sat May 28, 2016, 08:36 AM
May 2016

positions, but the word about it is not getting out.

I am hoping that these "Dem vs. Rep" issues will be brought to the front when she is able to turn her full attention to the General, but I often do feel that the Democrats worst failing is their ability to get out the good news about themselves.

For example, most voters still think Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility when nothing can be farther from the truth.


(22,189 posts)
2. It was one of the first things she talked about in this campaign
Sat May 28, 2016, 08:52 AM
May 2016

From almost exactly a year ago:

Hillary Clinton lays out sweeping voting rights vision

Speaking at Texas Southern University in Houston, Clinton called for every American to be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18 unless they choose not to be. She backed a nationwide standard of at least 20 days of early voting. She urged Congress to pass legislation strengthening the Voting Rights Act, which was gravely weakened by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling. And she slammed restrictive voting laws imposed by the GOP in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin, which she said affect minorities and students in particular.


“Finally, a presidential candidate is acknowledging the rampant voting discrimination that has surged since the Voting Rights Act was gutted in 2013,” Wade Henderson, CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, told msnbc. “Voting is a cornerstone of our nation’s commitment to democracy, and Clinton’s acknowledgment of its importance is noteworthy.”


Clinton’s speech comes less than a week after her campaign’s top lawyer, Marc Elias, filed suit to challenge Wisconsin’s voting restrictions. Last month, Elias filed a similar lawsuit challenging Ohio’s early voting cuts.


Clinton has long had a strong record on voting issues. As a volunteer for the 1972 George McGovern presidential campaign, Clinton worked to register Latino voters in Texas. And in 2005 as a senator, she introduced an expansive voting bill that would have made Election Day a national holiday and set standards for early voting.


And more recently, both Hillary and Bernie sued Arizona over the debacle there during the Dem primary: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democratic-party-and-clinton-campaign-to-sue-arizona-over-voting-rights/2016/04/14/dadc4708-0188-11e6-b823-707c79ce3504_story.html

Hopefully these efforts will bear fruit...

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