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New American Media: Laws Discourage Asian Americans From Voting. @AALDEF

posted by Randall

 

voteThe  U.S. Supreme Court is deliberating on a suit challenging Arizona’s voting laws which opponents argue are meant to keep Asian Americans, Hispanics and other minorities from the polls.

The law requires naturalized citizens to register in-person and bring their original naturalization certificates to the county registration offices. They must also bring proof of citizenship to the polls. The Arizona law has been adopted in four other states and is being considered by others.

In a blog for New American Media  by  Glenn D. Magpantay, Director of the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund’s Democracy Program,  he writes:

“Make no mistake about it; these laws are intended to disenfranchise minority voters.  States that have already adopted or are considering proof-of-citizenship laws, moreover, all have fast-growing Asian American populations that are outpacing the states’ total population growth rates. They also have histories of explicit anti-Asian discrimination.”

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in this case Monday.

You can read more on Magpantay’s thoughts in New American Media.

 

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