Senator Cory Booker Calls for a ‘New Voting Rights Act’

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NJ Senator Cory Booker addresses a large crowd at the 19th annual King Day at the Dome Rally. (Perry McLeod, Shutterstock.com)

Senator Cory Booker, one of many Democratic presidential contenders, has joined calls to make Election Day a federal holiday and proposed a “new Voting Rights Act” during a speech in Atlanta.

Booker called for sweeping reforms to improve voting rights, including universal automatic voting registration, which would allow more Americans to vote by mail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The New Jersey Democrat’s proposal also called for the availability of ballots in different languages and restoring voting rights to formerly incarcerated people.

“For years, the right to vote for millions of Americans—disproportionately in communities of color—has been under assault,” Booker told a crowd of about 150 people at the historic soul food restaurant Paschal’s, according to The Hill. “It is time for a new Voting Rights Act…

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