Hillary Clinton: Wisconsonites 'Were Turned Away From the Polls Because of the Color of Their Skin, Because of Their Age...'

By Susan Jones | March 4, 2019 | 10:37am EST
Hillary Clinton speaks about voting rights in Selma, Ala. on March 3, 2019.

(CNSNews.com) - Hillary Clinton was among the featured speakers Sunday at a black church in Selma, Alabama, where parishioners held the annual "Bloody Sunday" civil rights observance.

Clinton suggested that voter suppression caused her to lose the 2016 election, something she's said before. And she blamed the U.S. Supreme Court for gutting the Voting Rights Act:

"I was the first person who ran for president without the protection of the Voting Rights Act," Clinton said.


"And I’ll tell you, it makes a really big difference. And it doesn’t just make a difference in Alabama and Georgia. It made a difference in Wisconsin, where the best studies that have been done said somewhere between 40,000 and 80,000 people were turned away from the polls because of the color of their skin, because of their age, because of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow American citizen from voting."

Wisconsin's Republican-controlled government passed a voter ID law in 2011, and after a multi-year legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed that law to take effect in 2015.

Acceptable voter identification in Wisconsin includes an in-state driver's license or a state ID card; the latter is available free of charge at Wisconsin DMV offices, if the would-be voter produces documents such as a certified birth certificate, a Social Security card and a utility bill or cell phone bill.  Voters can also use military and veterans' IDs, certain two-year student IDs and tribal IDs.

So voters turned away from the polls in Wisconsin, whatever their race or age, were those who did not -- or for some reason, could not -- obtain the approved ID in time to vote. But even those who lack a valid voter ID are allowed to cast provisional ballots, which will be counted if the voter produces an acceptable ID by 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election.

Clinton told her mostly African American audience that "there is another side in America, and they never give up."

She was talking about people, mostly Republicans, who support voter ID laws.

"They never quit," Clinton said. "They’re never discouraged. They are motivated every single day to try to pull back rights, to try to suppress rights, to try to prevent people from fulfilling their own God-given potential."

Clinton blasted the 2013 Supreme Court ruling, Shelby County v Holder, which declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. The ruling meant that jurisdictions previously required to get "pre-clearance" from Washington for changes to voting rules no longer had to do so.

"What nonsense! Absolute absurd nonsense," Clinton said. "They gutted the Voting Rights Act."

Clinton also noted the upcoming 2020 election:

"So we’re looking toward a new presidential election, thank goodness. But it’s not going to make a difference if we don't bring the lawsuits and win them, right? If we don't register everybody the way Stacey Abrams has been doing since 2014."

According to Clinton, "There is no way we can get to an economy that works for everybody, that produces good jobs and rising incomes and includes the prosperity if we don't protect the right to vote. There is no way we can have guaranteed, quality, affordable health care, if we don't protect the right to vote. There is no way we can deal with any problem whatever it is that you are worried about, if we don't protect the right to vote."

She meant the right to vote for Democrats.

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