Hoyer Discusses Voter Empowerment Act on MSNBC

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2012

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Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the Voter Empowerment Act today on MSNBC Politics Nation with Al Sharpton. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.

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“John Lewis was our lead sponsor on this particular piece of legislation, joined by an awful lot of people on our side of the aisle representing majority groups and representing minority groups. What John Lewis was saying was: look, in America we ought to facilitate, encourage, and make easier voting. Not doing what is happening in so many states, Al, trying to make voting more difficult to do. We want to modernize registration, we want to have a responsibility of the state and local subdivision to make sure voters are on the registration rolls and make sure they are included. We want to make sure that people with disabilities have access to the polls.”

“We're very proud, you and I and all Americans, very proud of this democracy. We're proud of the fact that we're the world's oldest constitutional democracy. One of our responsibilities – moral, ethical, legal – ought to be to make sure we facilitate, not impede, a person's ability to vote. Facilitate access, facilitate ease of registration, facilitate getting on the rolls, and being able to cast your vote. And America has a responsibility as I said – moral, ethical, and legal – to make sure every American can exercise that.”

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