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NAACP Urges U.N. to Investigate U.S. for ‘Racially Discriminatory Election Laws’

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( – Charging that millions of citizens, two-fifths of
them black, have been denied the right to vote because of felony
convictions, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People called on the United Nations this week to investigate America’s
“racially discriminatory election laws.”
An NAACP delegation visiting Geneva hosted a panel on the
“disenfranchisement” of U.S. citizens and addressed the U.N. Human
Rights Council, which is in session in the Swiss city.
A delegate told the HRC that the right to vote was a cornerstone of
democracy and that in the U.S. a patchwork of divergent laws and
procedures have posed barriers to voting.
The NAACP urged the U.N.’s “special rapporteur” on racism to
investigate “racially discriminatory election laws,” and said the HRC
should then make recommendations that would restore the political and
voting rights of all citizens.
On Tuesday, the delegation hosted a panel on the subject at the U.N.’s Geneva headquarters.

“Today, nearly 5.3 million U.S. citizens have been stripped of their
voting rights on a temporary or permanent basis, including more than
4.4 million citizens who are no longer incarcerated,” said Lorraine
Miller, who chairs the NAACP national board’s advocacy and policy
“More than two million are African American, yet African Americans
make up less than 13 percent of the U.S. population,” she said.
Miller said the NAACP commended Attorney-General Eric Holder for his
efforts to “prevent the implementation of recent challenges to voting
“However, we remain deeply concerned with the continued practice and discriminatory impact of felony disenfranchisement.”

Among the delegation is a woman named Kemba Smith Pradia who,
according to the organization, was convicted of a drug-related offense
in 1992, granted clemency by President Clinton, but is barred from
voting in Virginia under legislation prohibiting those formerly
incarcerated to vote in the state.
“Nationally, I represent more than five million citizens that are
disenfranchised from being a part of the political process simply
because of past felony convictions,” she said.
NAACP Senior Vice President for Advocacy Hilary Shelton told the
panel that the restrictions on voting “prevent those most in need of an
advocate from the ability to elect someone who will represent their
concerns: the need for a decent public education, for a health care
system that addresses their specific demographic needs, as well as the
creation of decent jobs, a functional criminal justice system and other
basic human needs.”
This is the second NAACP visit to the HRC in six months. Last March
NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous addressed the council on voter ID
and other laws, which he said would “disproportionately block members
of minority groups from voting.”
“These voter-suppression laws include so-called strict voter-ID laws,
cutting of Sunday voting, early voting and same-day voter
registration, and the reimposing of notoriously racist bans on
formerly-incarcerated people voting,” he said.
As reported at the time, among those listening to
Jealous’ appeal for HRC support were representatives of countries whose
citizens have no right to vote freely, including one-party states Cuba
and China; and Saudi Arabia, where men can only vote in municipal
elections and women have been barred from even that limited right.
In a Rasmussen poll
last December, 70 percent of likely voters agreed that voters should be
required to show photo ID before casting ballots. Only 22 percent of
respondents opposed such a requirement.
Although support for voter ID was significantly higher among
Republicans (92 percent), 54 percent of Democrats also favored the
requirement, according to the poll.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents said the laws were not discriminatory, while 22 percent said they were.

The 2012 Democratic Party platform is critical of voter-ID laws,
stating that they “can disproportionately burden young voters, people of
color, low-income families, people with disabilities, and the elderly,
and we refuse to allow the use of political pretexts to disenfranchise
American citizens.

Added: Sep-27-2012 Occurred On: Sep-27-2012
By: dfaugust2k
Tags: 2012, obama, Romney, democRATs, elections, voters
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