Posted by: Chuck | August 14, 2013

Hillary Clinton calls for election reform


United States Capitol Building

United States Capitol Building (Photo credit: Jack’s LOST FILM)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off a series of speeches on Monday with a call to combat what she called an “assault on voting rights.” She spent most of her 45-minute talk to about 1,000 members of the American Bar Association assailing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a significant part of the Voting Rights Act and discussing what she sees as “deep flaws in our electoral system” as it relates to racial discrimination at the polls. The former U.S. secretary of state spoke in San Francisco after receiving the group’s highest award for service to the law. She said her upcoming speeches would look at national security and U.S. global leadership. Next month, she intends to speak in Philadelphia about the “balance and transparency necessary in our national security policies as we move beyond a decade of wars to face new threats.” Later, Clinton said she would discuss the implication of American’s global leadership and the nation’s moral standing around the world.

Seal of the United States Department of Justice

Seal of the United States Department of Justice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First, however, she took on electoral reform and the assault on voting rights that she said threatens to block millions of Americans from fully participating in our democracy and to further erode public trust. She called on lawmakers to pass legislation countering the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a requirement that 15 states get approval from the U.S. Department of Justice before changing election systems. The decision has been criticized by civil rights groups that contend it could undermine voting rights in upcoming elections, particularly in the South. (Source: AP & Yahoo News)

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