Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of NEW JERSEY

Sires Supports Comprehensive Voting Rights Legislation

May 17, 2012
Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Erica Daughtrey

May 17, 2012                                                                          201-222-2828

 

Sires Supports Comprehensive Voting Rights Legislation

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Sires became a cosponsor of the Voter Empowerment Act, legislation that would modernize our voting system, ensuring fair and equal access to the right to vote. Specifically, the Voter Empowerment Act, introduced today by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) would expand access to the ballot box, preserve ballot integrity by protecting against deceptive practices and intimidation, and ensure accountability by setting standards for voting machines to confirm accurate tabulation and confirmation of voter intent.

“The ability to vote is a fundamental right guaranteed to every American, and it is imperative that any obstacles are removed,” said Congressman Sires.

Recently, several states have introduced legislation restricting voter’s access to polls, including efforts to make voter registration more difficult and reduce early and absentee voting. The Voter Empowerment Act allows for easier access to the ballot by authorizing an online and same day registration option, and permitting voters to update their registration data onsite. Additionally, this legislation aims to eliminate any unfair and deceptive practices that disproportionally affect our service members, the disabled, and seniors by providing additional tools to alleviate any additional burdens for people with disabilities. 

“The Voter Empowerment Act is an important step in ensuring that our polls our open, free, and fair,” said Sires. I’m pleased to support legislation that increases voter access to polls and allows every American to exercise their right to vote.”

 

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