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house Bill H. Res. 123

Should There Be A National Voting Rights Day?

Argument in favor

Designating August 6 as National Voting Rights Day is a helpful way of remembering the importance of voting rights and the sacrifices of those who’ve worked to support them.

JDub's Opinion
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08/11/2015
Make voting fun. Make it easy. Remove barriers. It works! Research shows! http://www.civicyouth.org/quick-facts/youth-voting/
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wpeckham's Opinion
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08/11/2015
Anything that promotes healthy, informed engagement in national politics has value.
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Mark's Opinion
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08/11/2015
I don't know how this isn't already a holiday. To those that complain about taxes or we should read the constitution I say this, do you actually know what the he'll you're talking about or are you most likely just regurgitating the same bull crap that the Koch brothers funded pundits tell you to think. Think for yourself and you'll realize how much you think is real is actually just big pile of bull crap.
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Argument opposed

All this resolution does is say that Congress thinks it'd be a good idea to have a National Voting Rights Day, it doesn't establish one. Even if it created such a day, it's unclear that anyone would care.

Rick's Opinion
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08/07/2015
Maybe we should have a "Read the Constitution Day". People might better understand what's right and what's wrong with America.
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John's Opinion
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08/06/2015
OMG. You do not have far more important things to do? WE ARE 18 TRILLION IN DEBT! Why don't you spend this time cutting spending to not only balance the budget, but actually run a surplus to start paying down the debt. WE NEED TO STOP PUTTING THIS DANGEROUS DEBT BURDEN ON OUR KIDS AND GRAND KIDS!
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Holly 's Opinion
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08/13/2015
Much better to turn Election Day itself into a national holiday so more people are able to vote than waste time on this hypocritical excuse of a holiday.
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      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedFebruary 24th, 2015

What is House Bill H. Res. 123?

This resolution expresses the support of the House of Representatives for designating August 6 “National Voting Rights Day” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


Further, this resolution acknowledges the significance of the Voting Rights Act in enforcing the civil rights of all U.S. citizens, while also emphasizing the importance of the ability of all U.S. citizens to fully participate in the electoral process.

To be clear, this resolution would not create a National Voting Rights Day, it simply expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that one should be created.

Impact

People who would participate in National Voting Rights Day activities and honor those who worked to advance the cause of voting rights, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 123

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: The lead sponsor of this legislation, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), believes that designating August 6 as National Voting Rights Day would highlight the importance of the Voting Rights Act and “encourage efforts to register voters and promote civic engagement.” He added that it would “cost nothing” and its existence alone would “pay great dividends in knowledge, commitment, and voter participation.”


Of Note: The struggle for voting rights has affected numerous groups in U.S. history, as ethnic and racial discrimination led to the creation of barriers to voting for blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans in spite of the 15th Amendment — which gave all men the right to vote in 1870. Women were unable to vote until 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified, thus prohibiting the denial of voting rights on the basis of sex.

Despite the presence of the 15th Amendment, state and local governments were able to require the completion of literacy tests or the payment of poll taxes as a precondition to voting. This had the effect of disenfranchising minorities, until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed and explicitly prohibited state and local laws which discriminate against minorities on the basis of race or language. According to the Dept. of Justice, this law created a “sharp increase” in black voter registration and has been called the “single most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever passed by Congress.”

One portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which put preclearance restrictions on new voting laws in areas that had previously engaged in voter discrimination was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2013 case Shelby County v. Holder. States that had previously enforced discriminatory voting laws were required to get approval from the federal government before putting new policies in place. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court found that requirement to be unconstitutional because it was based on data that was over 40 years old, and no longer reflected current conditions.


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Official Title

Expressing support for designation of August 6 as National Voting Rights Day.

    Make voting fun. Make it easy. Remove barriers. It works! Research shows! http://www.civicyouth.org/quick-facts/youth-voting/
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    Maybe we should have a "Read the Constitution Day". People might better understand what's right and what's wrong with America.
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    Anything that promotes healthy, informed engagement in national politics has value.
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    I don't know how this isn't already a holiday. To those that complain about taxes or we should read the constitution I say this, do you actually know what the he'll you're talking about or are you most likely just regurgitating the same bull crap that the Koch brothers funded pundits tell you to think. Think for yourself and you'll realize how much you think is real is actually just big pile of bull crap.
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    OMG. You do not have far more important things to do? WE ARE 18 TRILLION IN DEBT! Why don't you spend this time cutting spending to not only balance the budget, but actually run a surplus to start paying down the debt. WE NEED TO STOP PUTTING THIS DANGEROUS DEBT BURDEN ON OUR KIDS AND GRAND KIDS!
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    Everyone that would like to vote should be able to.
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    Voting used to be treated as a national right and as a public duty, it should be treated the same as jury duty. This will force not only politicians and the political parties, but also the media, to educate the public. Our republic is only as strong as an informed and engaged electorate. Making it easier for everyone to vote will go a long way to strengthening our Union.
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    Much better to turn Election Day itself into a national holiday so more people are able to vote than waste time on this hypocritical excuse of a holiday.
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    Yes. Give everyone every possible opportunity to vote, without worries.
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    If your poor, you are unlikely to vote simply because you have to work. That not only un-American but Dangerous for our Democracy.
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    Voter registration is once again becoming an issue as attempts to reduce ballot fraud have disproportionately affected America's lower classes.
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    How about a tax liberation day instead? To tell us the day in the middle now of the fiscal year when Caesar's cut has finally been rendered, and we begin earning for ourselves instead of for the welfare queens. By that I mean those who wanna remain anonymous without identification as they show up with 110% of their slum community neighbors to cast their unanimous vote for the sugar daddy.
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    There should be an entire week to voting. If not a national holiday.
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    Congress has more important things to do,how about cutting regulations that are killing business expansion and costing everyone jobs and money.
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    Another day off? Come on, do your job and pass a budget, repeal regulations and Obamacare, lower taxes, do your job!
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    This doesn't establish the holiday, it just says there should be one, and that's a step in the right direction.
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    We at least need to talk about voting right & focus on them.
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    We should spend our efforts making sure everyone has the right to vote. Too many states have passed laws for the express purpose of denying groups of people this right.
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    This does nothing
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    There should be a national holiday for, about & to encourage participation in America's electoral process. Voting & the rights we possess as American citizens are slowly being eroded (or outright taken in some places) and concentrated into a very select few simply because a large percentage of Americans do not have the necessary information to properly exercise & defend their (voting) rights. A National Voting Rights Day, held the day before national elections, would foster a more informed population, reduce voter/voting fraud by involving more Americans in elections, further providing inspiration both at home & abroad and, hopefully, leading to a refinement of our election processes to more accurately reflect a true democracy (instead of a democratic republic) of United States.
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