Thousands are protesting against laws curbing voting rights in United States

The date selected for the protesting across the cities from Seattle to Atlanta was not picked at random

 

 

Tens of thousands of people were protesting on Saturday in Washington and dozens of other United States cities to raise their voice against laws in several Republican-led states that critics say will make it difficult for minorities to vote.

 

The date selected for the protesting across the cities from Seattle to Atlanta was not picked at random.

 

It was million people have come down on Washington on August 28, 1963 for a massive civil rights march underlining by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech.

 

The rights leader's son Martin Luther King III, one of several speakers slated to address the rally in Washington said, "We will make history on Saturday" by picking up "the torch for justice my father and so many others carried."

 

In 1965 the United States Congress had adopted the Voting Rights Act which meant to restrict the discriminatory election measures.

 

But some states, mainly in the South, had passed often technical changes that eventually made it difficult for African Americans who tend to be efficiently Democratic to vote.

 

That process promoted sharply as Donald Trump moulded away at the unattested allegation that massive voting fraud had cost him victory in the November 2020 US presidential election.

 

As per to the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonprofit public policy institute, since January, not less than 18 states have adopted a total number of 30 restrictive election laws, with dozens of others under consideration.

 

Those election laws ranging from a requirement to have a fixed address in order to register to vote to a prohibition on the drive-through voting that was popular in some states last year amidst the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Organizers of Saturday's protests, who have criticized "racist, anti-democratic voter suppression laws," and are demanding that the United States Congress to pass legislation to bar such voting restrictions.

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