Friday, November 15, 2019

Clinton Allies Form Group To Protect Latino, African-American Voting Rights

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A new, $25 million organization called Every Citizen Counts (ECC) has been formed by several prominent Hillary Clinton allies to educate Latino and African-American voters about the choices they face in the 2016 election, impact of their vote and serve as an advocate against GOP policies in states across the nation that have sought to restrict voter registration and ballot access of minority voters.

“We will engage at all levels: pushing for stronger legislation around early voting, same day registration and vote by mail, waging legal battles to roll back onerous laws and registering voters in underrepresented communities across the country” said Guy Cecil, an adviser to the group.

Cecil is just one of several figures associated with ECC that had a hand in Clinton’s 2008 presidential run. He currently serves as the head of Priorities USA Action, one of a handful of pro-Clinton super PACs this election cycle.

According to a 2014 study by the Government Accountability office (GAO), voter ID laws have a disproportionate effect on minority populations. Due to the uptick in legislation in primarily Republican controlled states implementing harsh voting ID laws like the one’s studied by GAO, Every Citizen Counts plans to launch campaigns in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Georgia.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and another Clinton backer said the group will be a “powerful ally to those who want to make registration and voting easier and fairer. This is at the heart of what it means to be an American.”

 

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