July 8, 2021
Kamala Harris falsely claimed on Thursday that Republicans “don’t want you to vote.”
Her false comments were made while she was speaking about “voting rights” at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Harris announced $25 million in funding for an “I Will Vote Initiative,” an effort by the Democratic National Committee to address so-called voter suppression before the 2022 midterm elections.
But, there is another side to this story. So far this year, 17 state legislatures have enacted 28 new laws that will make it harder for Americans to vote. These bills — now, be clear about enacted — these bills have already become law. They are now on the books. And that’s not to mention the nearly 400 bills that state legislatures are attempting right now to pass. You know what’s going on in Texas right now. This all is designed, I believe, to make it harder for you to vote, so that you don’t vote.
And let’s talk about what exactly these laws will do. What will they actually do? Well, let’s say in the last election you may have voted early because you work long hours. Well, these laws will cut early voting. Let’s say your cousin voted by mail to avoid the long lines.
Well, these laws will cut vote by mail. Say your coworker, say your friend next to you, friend, voted in person on Election Day and put on that sticker with pride. Well, these laws will make it difficult for folks who wait in line. These laws create obstacle upon obstacle. These laws make it harder for you to vote, because they don’t want you to vote.
And so, I will say again. Your vote matters. Your voice matters. Your will matters. Your desire for yourself and your families matters. And regardless of who you are, where you live, what party you belong to, your vote matters. Your vote is your power.
And so I say, don’t let anybody ever take your power from you. Don’t let anybody take your power from you, especially the power of your voice. We will not let anyone take away our power, and that’s why we are all here together today. We’re not gonna let that happen.
And so we need to fight back. In some states, Americans have successfully blocked some of the anti-voter bills from becoming law, and others are being challenged in court. In Congress, leaders are working to passed two bills into law that would protect and strengthen voting rights.
And there is another important component of our work together, and that is mobilizing to ensure Americans’ vote in the elections counts.”