Today, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) released the following statement to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution and condemned threats against it posed by new restrictive voting laws.
Rep. Stark: "In 1787, our founding fathers signed our Constitution, and 225 years later it is the most enduring government charter in world history. This founding document laid out the ideals our nation is based upon, including the right to vote. Since then, several constitutional amendments have expanded and protected this sacred right. Unfortunately, voting rights are now at risk due to a series of discriminatory and restrictive voter identification laws enacted at the state level. If these un-American laws stand, they will impede the democratic process and prevent many Americans from exercising their fundamental right to vote. I am a proud cosponsor of Representative John Lewis' Voter Empowerment Act. If enacted, this bill would protect voters' rights and ensure the integrity of our electoral system. I will continue fighting to protect the right to vote and work to ensure that all eligible citizens are able to participate in our democracy."
H.R. 5799, the Voter Empowerment Act of 2012, would modernize voter registration and protect the ability of individuals to exercise their right to vote in elections for Federal office. It now has 140 cosponsors in the House of Representatives.