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Visclosky Pushes Tougher Protections of Voters' Rights

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Pete Visclosky announced his support for Congressman John Lewis' (D-GA) Voter Empowerment Act, a bill to modernize America's voter registration system, protect equal access to the ballot box, and eliminate barriers to any American's right to vote.

The bill, which received the support of 141 cosponsors in the 112th Congress, would reaffirm the principle that every man and woman of legal age has an equal right to register to vote and cast a ballot without fear of discrimination based on race, sex, or age.

"No right is more fundamental to the continuation of a democracy than the right to vote. I am proud to stand with Congressman Lewis and all those who are fighting to strengthen every American's right to vote," Congressman Visclosky said of the proposed legislation.

The Voter Empowerment Act was introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress.

Highlights of the Voter Empowerment Act:

Building A 21st Century Voter Registration System

The Act would make use of the latest technology to automatically and permanently enroll all consenting eligible voters, update changes in address or name, and include built-in fail-safe measures to correct problems and protect personal privacy.

Allowing Same-Day Registration

The Act would ensure that no voter is turned away from the polls on Election Day by allowing same-day registration, which already exists in ten states.

Assisting Voters With Disabilities

A disability should never serve as a barrier to the ballot box. The Voter Empowerment Act would help alleviate any additional burdens for people with disabilities by providing additional tools to vote.

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