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Freedom to Vote Act needs, deserves, support

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The right to vote is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. Yet voting rights are under attack in states across the country. That is why Congress should work to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, a package of legislation designed to protect our right to vote. If we believe that every American citizen should have the right to vote for whatever candidate they choose, then these ideas shouldn’t be all that controversial. Under the bill, our rights would be restored and protected by eliminating voter suppression. Election day would be a national holiday. It would facilitate voting by establishing automatic voter registration and would require two weeks of early voting, including nights and weekends. The bill also would set a national standard for mail-in voting in every state. States would be required to ensure that polling places are within walking distance of public transportation. It also ensures the rights of those with disabilities are protected by ensuring they have the same access to absentee ballots as other voters. If we can agree that every legal citizen of voting age be unencumbered in their ability to vote, then this bill should pass Congress easily, and without further delay.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Nicholas Berry

    October 21, 2021 at 11:49 am

    It would be a federal power grab and against the constitution since states right would be violated. The irony is that it would broaden the bvoting rights fro those crushing voting right states such as California, New York and illinois and other Democratic strongholds.
    The Illinois legislature just reduced in th state 14 Republican leaning districts down to seven.
    new York is gerrymandering their districts to do the same thing- reduce Republicans in the legislature.
    Of course, why would hypocrites like you ever write about that.
    I would be good choice for setting boundaries since i hols both parties in utter contempt; of course, that is mild to the contempt I have for the media.

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