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Voters are more likely to face discriminatory voting practices than at any time since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965,  We need new legislation similar to the bipartisan Voting Rights Advancement Act introduced in 2015 and again in 2017, to prevent the disenfranchisement of minority voters.  Specifically, we need an enforcement mechanism to prevent states with a history of voting discrimination from making changes to voting laws and practices without first submitting those changes for review by federal officials.  We should also make it easier to register to vote, including automatic registration when obtaining a state issued ID and same day registration.  We should make it easier to vote by making sure there are adequate polling locations in minority neighborhoods, expanding early voting and preventing the purging of voter rolls before elections to disenfranchise minority communities.  We should restore voting rights for ex-felons.  We should also require non-partisan redistricting commissions in all states.

We should  take measures to ensure that our voting systems are not vulnerable to cyber terrorism or interference.