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Fudge, Bishop Fight Elimination of Election Commission, Talk Voter Suppression

Voter Suppression? Yesterday on the House floor the House GOP moved to kill the Election Assistance Commission created after the fiasco of the 2000 elections.

Rep. Marcia Fudge on the floor yesterday: “There’s no doubt that a concerted voter suppression effort is underway in this nation. Abolishing the Election Assistance Commission, an agency charged with ensuring that the vote of every American counts, is just another step in the voter suppression effort and would completely remove oversight of the most important process in our democracy.  Does it make sense to remove oversight at a time when Republican-led legislatures across this nation are passing laws to obstruct voting? No, it absolutely does not.  In the first three quarters of 2011, nineteen new state laws and two executive actions were enacted to limit the ability of American citizens to vote. They would make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.