Why We Need A New Voting Rights Commission

Kristen Clarke of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law calls on the incoming Biden-Harris Administration to create a Vo
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The following commentary by Kristen Clarke of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law calls on the incoming Biden-Harris Administration to create a Voter Access Commission that would fight voter suppression.

Yesterday, I helped lead a discussion among civil rights leaders with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris.

Throughout the Trump administration, Black people and other communities of color were silenced, marginalized and ignored. President-Elect Biden and Vice-President-Elect Harris signaled that their approach will be one that centers racial justice and civil rights.

In this critical meeting, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law emphasized that respecting the dignity and humanity of our most vulnerable communities must be at the center of the new administration’s efforts to confront the profound problems related to race that we face as a nation.

Following a year of marches protesting police violence, an intensifying pandemic, and a massive rise in white supremacy and violence, we know well that this transition is one of the most important in modern history.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law called on the Biden-Harris administration to create a Voter Access Commission to respond to voter suppression, promote reforms that will guarantee voter access, and counteract the attacks levied against democracy in the wake of November election.

Simply put, President Trump abandoned vulnerable communities in America, defied civil rights, and pursued policies that led to the oppression of Black people and people of color.

As we move into the new year, the incoming administration must understand that Black lives do matter and that message was delivered loud and clear.

The Biden-Harris administration must complete the unfinished business of 2020 when it comes to bringing about an end to police violence, voter suppression and white supremacy.

Kristen Clarke, is president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

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