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OUR RIGHT TO VOTE IS AT RISK!
Stand up to this assault on democracy before it’s too late!
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AT THE RALLY TO PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS FOR ALL
When: SUNDAY JULY 11th, 11am-noon MT
Where: Downtown Federal Building/US Courthouse Park106 S. Federal Place, Santa Fe, New Mexico
JOIN CONGRESSWOMAN TERESA LEGER FERNANDEZ and NEW MEXICO SECRETARY OF STATE MAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER
Demand every vote be counted, regardless of age, race or economic status.
Demand the U.S. Senate pass S.1, the For-the-People-Act and that Congress pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Sponsored by the New Mexico Voting Rights Campaign, a coalition composed of RepresentUs New Mexico, Indivisible Santa Fe and Indivisible SOS Santa Fe and others.
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For the People Act: Separating Fact from Fiction
–2021 brochure published by the Brennan Center for Justice.
Our democracy urgently needs repair.
The “Big Lie” of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election that motivated a violent insurrection at the Capitol has sparked an unprecedented wave of voter suppression laws in the states. The upcoming redistricting cycle threatens to once again be marred by extreme partisan gerrymandering that will distort congressional elections for a decade. And our broken campaign finance system continues to foster a widespread sense from Americans across the political spectrum that their voices simply do not count relative to big donors and entrenched interests.
These challenges are, among other things, intimately connected to our nation’s history of racial injustice, from persistent efforts to keep voters of color away from the ballot box, to gerrymandering that has repeatedly sought to dilute their political power, to the racial wealth gap that is a persistent barrier to many candidates of color raising enough funds to compete.
But today we also have a historic opportunity to strengthen American democracy.
Dozens rally for voting rights in Santa Fe demonstration
by Dillon Mullan
reprinted from the Santa Fe New Mexican, May 9, 2021
At the intersection of St. Francis Drive and Cerrillos Road, a few dozen Santa Feans rallied Saturday in support of expanding and protecting voting rights.
Since the 2020 presidential election, 28 bills with voting restrictions, such as limiting absentee and mail ballots, identification requirements and banning same-day registration, are moving through 18 state legislatures, including Texas and Arizona, according to a study by the Brennan Center, a public policy institute.
“I think our democracy is under siege. We got within a hair’s breadth of an insurrection at the Capitol where they could have murdered senators. It’s important not to forget that,” said John House, president of the New Mexico branch of nationwide nonprofit RepresentUs.
“They’re trying to take away people’s voting right and make it hard to vote. We need federal legislation to override these state restrictions.
To override state restrictions, Democrats are pushing for the federal For the People Act, which includes a host of reforms, including expanding automatic and same-day registration and voting by mail as well as independent redistricting commissions to carry out congressional redistricting instead of gerrymandering.
The For the People Act also would require the president, vice president and certain candidates for those offices to disclose 10 years of tax returns.
On Saturday, RepresentUs and the Santa Fe branch of national nonprofit Indivisible organized a demonstration at the intersection of St. Francis and Cerrillos, where signs called for statehood for the District of Columbia, filibuster reform and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which is named for the late congressman and would strengthen the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“After 2020, all these states like Georgia, Texas and Arizona in 2024 can just say they think the president is illegitimate,” said Leslie Lakind, who held a sign that read, “2020 was a dress rehearsal.” “It’s a terrifying precedent.”