Jason Kander is back – and on the front line fighting voter suppression

Posted by | February 12, 2017 07:29 | Filed under: Politics

Kander, a former National Guard captain, ran a tight race against Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and came within three percent of unseating him. He got national attention and name recognition for a hard-hitting ad in which he assembled his long gun blindfolded. And you knew he would not remain silent:

He came back on the political scene Tuesday, confronting one of the United States’ most contentious issues: voting rights. He launched a national organization called Let America Vote, meant to fight efforts to suppress voting rights.

Without any evidence, President Donald Trump claimed in January that major voter fraud cost him three to five million votes. His hammering of the issue kept it in the national news cycle for weeks. But Kander has been speaking about voter suppression for much longer than that.

He opposed the Republican-controlled state legislature’s effort to enact stringent voter ID requirements last year. He also spoke about oppressive voter ID laws on his last day as secretary of state in January.

“You can protect the integrity of elections without stopping anyone from voting,” Kander said. “If you choose to follow the example of Wisconsin and North Carolina, I guess we’ll see you in court.”

It seems Kander was keeping his promise. Although the website was under construction, the landing page greeted visitors with the organization’s mission:

“Jason Kander started Let America Vote to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot,” the site reads. “Whether it’s extreme identification requirements, questionable purges of voter rolls, voter intimidation, new and extreme voter registration processes, or anything that makes voting harder, Let America Vote will be there to lead the way against it.”

The group’s board of advisors included several high-profile Democrats, including former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau (along with three other former Obama staffers), Martin Luther King III and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. Let America Vote is a 527 organization, which means it is tax-exempt.

Voter suppression is largely seen as a strong factor in keeping Democrats out of office.


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One response to Jason Kander is back – and on the front line fighting voter suppression

  1. granpa.usthai February 12th, 2017 at 20:06

    speaking of NC.

    now that the people (even under the extreme duress of the republican controlled legislature) have voted for a Democrat Governor, these self called xtians (same ones who voted to “F” injured workers by shutting down all claims that refused to sign off on their crooked deals – then making up for that deplorable xtian act by letting then LYING THIEVING xtian governor patrick mccrory (R) hand pick 6 good xtian Industrial Commissioners to thwart any possibility of corruption as had been accused with appropriate documentation) now want the governor’s appointees to be approved by their corrupt xtian legislation. those corporations that have avoided NC because of it’s “Transgenders are NOT allowed to PEE” bill, passed by the xtian republican legislation of which some now want to rescind should continue to do so. hopefully, when the NC economy matches AL, the people will realize it’s not because the republican legislators were doing their xtian duty to LIE, CHEAT and STEAL, but merely because as most republicans in the US; are completely idiotic inept moronic lazy ass do nothing deadbeat cons.

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