Flynn Broady on Voting Rights
Q. What is Congress’ role in protecting voting rights for all Americans?
A. Every citizen of the United States of America deserves to have their voting rights protected and not infringed upon by anyone.
We have begun to redefine citizenship in terms of what rights can be withheld from individuals.
Voter rights are being restricted based upon the tendency of one group or the other to support the positions of the party in power. The right to vote is established by the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which states that the right to vote cannot be denied based on that citizen’s “race, color or previous condition of servitude,” and by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Attempts to roll back those rights must be challenged at every level, with continued interest in assuring that all eligible citizens have the right to vote and no state or locality should have the right to redefine who is an eligible citizen by any means whatsoever.
Gerrymandering is one means commonly used to control elections and must be stopped. Voting districts should be defined and periodically redefined by a non-partisan board.