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Letter: Fair, free and accessible

To the editor:

The League of Women Voters of Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle marks this anniversary with a renewed commitment to protect the right to vote and to make our elections fair, free and accessible to all eligible citizens.

“We are excited to mark nearly 100 years of the League, and with it, women's suffrage,” said Peggy Healy, co-president of the local League of Women Voters. “But our work continues. The right to vote remains under attack and the league remains a defender of our democracy, fighting to ensure all Americans can cast a ballot.”

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision, which gutted key components of the monumental Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. The court's decision erased fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that had been effective for more than 40 years, and opened the floodgates for a wave of attacks on voters.

In January 2014, members of Congress introduced a bill designed to modernize the VRA through common sense solutions. This bipartisan legislation was carefully crafted to protect the rights of all voters against discrimination at the ballot box, to ensure Americans are guaranteed the right to vote, and to repair the damage to the VRA inflicted by the Supreme Court's decision.

“As we celebrate our 94th year, we call upon Congress to swiftly pass the bipartisan bill to modernize the Voting Rights Act and protect Americans' right to vote,” Hilary Denk, league co-president, said.

Peggy Healy, Hilary Denk

Co-presidents, League of Women Voters of Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle

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