Not that I needed a reminder about why I should oppose the voter restriction amendment. Watching the play, Appomattox, at the Guthrie recently, I was reminded of the more than 150 year struggle for African Americans to gain the right to vote. In fact, if not for the political skill and power of President Johnson, the Voter Rights Act would not have passed Congress in 1965 and we would still have poll taxes and literacy tests.
This play reminded us that protests, arrests and even deaths occurred so that most Americans today have the right to vote. The voter restriction amendment in Minnesota is trying to correct a problem that doesn’t exist, voter fraud. What we owe the Americans from the 1860’s who pushed through the 15th amendment and the civil rights freedom fighters who organized to pass the Voting Rights Act, is to make sure the voter restriction amendment which will disenfranchise many Americans is defeated.