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Booker campaign focusing on voting rights

By Nikita Biryukov, April 17 2019 4:07 pm

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is making voting rights a core tenet of his campaign.

Following the presidential candidate’s call for new legislation on voting rights at the launch of his Justice for All tour in Newark Sunday, Booker leaned again on the issue at a Georgia campaign stop.

“For years, the right to vote for millions of Americans — disproportionately in communities of color — has been under assault,” Booker said. “It is time for a new Voting Rights Act to finally put an end to systematic attempts to limit access to the ballot box and strip citizens of their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. During my presidency, we will fight to protect and expand every American’s right to take part in our democracy.”

Booker’s plan would restore voting rights for felons, make election day a national holiday and increase the availability of non-English-language ballots, among other things.

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