Senate Passes Flawed Election Reform Bill; ACLU Says Bill Would Do More Harm than Good
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WASHINGTON – With the overwhelming passage today of election reform legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union said that the Senate has approved a measure that will do more harm than good.
“While the bill in its original form would have been a true step forward in fixing the problems that became apparent during the 2000 elections, the Senate has included a number of poisoned provisions that threaten to diminish representative democracy in America,” said LaShawn Warren, an ACLU Legislative Counsel.
“These provisions must be excised before this country can ensure that every citizen eligible to vote can vote and have that vote counted,” Warren added.
The ACLU strongly objects to the bill (S. 565) in its current form, which it says contains provisions that would diminish any positive impact that the legislation might have. The Senate-passed bill:
The ACLU Letter to the Senate can be found at:
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