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Conyers Holds Voting Rights Hearing

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

One week after we kicked off our 2012 campaign with a call for a Voting Rights Act of 2012, Congressman John Conyers chaired a congressional forum in Washington, D.C. to hear testimony about the current voting rights crisis in the United States.

“The loudest sound that exists in a democratic society is the voice of a voter in an election. Ensuring that every veteran, every senior citizen, every student – whether born or naturalized – has the right to vote should not be a partisan issue, it should be a legal and moral imperative of both parties,” said Rep. Conyers in a statement.

We’d like to thank Matthew Segel, our friend and partner from Our Time, who testified to the committee and advocated moving Election Day from Tuesday to the weekend to increase participation. You can watch the complete forum below, or Segel’s remarks about Weekend Voting at 1:36:30.

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