Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP Calls For Voting Rights Initiatives

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

As a result of the recent commemoration of Constitution Day event, “Ensuring the Essential Right to Vote,” the Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP has issued the following initiatives and recommendations in order to ensure that the right to vote is protected now and for future generations. 

The initiatives and recommendations are:

Extend Early Voting Dates
Sunday Elections
Election Day (Same Day) Registration
College I.D. Permissible as valid identification
Ensure that Photo ID Law is consistent with the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Restoration of Voting Rights to Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
Identify Minority Vote Dilution 
Restore the Constitutional provisions and safeguards of Section IV of the Voting Rights Act
Tennessee State Conference NAACP statewide participation in National Voters Registration Day on Tuesday
Churches are asked to participate in this national effort as part of “Church Day” on Sunday

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP "recognizes the Constitution and deriving legal statutes as the supreme law of the land, and that the voting rights listed within this Constitution and all subsequent laws pertaining to voting is a fundamental right of American freedom and democracy. We call on all levels of government and citizens alike to abide by, and adhere to, the principles, liberties, and freedoms of the Constitution, and ensure that this right shall never be forsaken, denied, or abridged."


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