John Lewis Checks Congressional Member About Voter Suppression (VIDEO)
Matt | On 11, May 2012
Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) let his voice be heard loud and clear on the House floor this week. He spoke out against proposed changes in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that one of his Republican colleagues had up his sleeve.
Lewis scolded Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia) who wanted to strip funding from Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. That particular section requires federal approval before states can change their voting laws. It is essentially a checks-and-balances mechanism to make sure the states don’t revert back to their pre-1965 policies.
Well, Broun didn’t think funding for Section 5 was necessary. Lewis responded by putting Broun in his place on the House floor.
Obviously, since Lewis was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement, he is going to have an opinion on the Voting Rights Act. More importantly, he spoke out against Broun’s proposed changes because of how it will continue to disenfranchise current voters. That’s a very important point to note.
Broun would later go on to apologize to Lewis and withdraw his amendment.
This is why I continue to say that people need to educate themselves about the voting procedures for 2012. Click here for more information.