Friday, October 24, 2008

Protection of voters’ rights inadequate

On November 4 Americans will go to the polls to elect a new president. Their two main choices are Democratic Senator Barack Obama, who would make history as America’s first black president should he win, and Republican Senator John McCain, who at 72 would be America’s oldest president.

Wendy Weiser directs work on voting rights and elections at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. During the run-up to the 2004 and 2006 elections, she masterminded litigation and advocacy efforts that kept hundreds of thousands of voters from being disenfranchised.

In an interview Weiser says she is concerned about the rise in vote suppression efforts across the country and the inability of some states to cope with the huge voter turnout expected this year.

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