Legendary Civil Rights leader and long-time US Rep. John Lewis of Georgia wrote an op-ed piece for today’s NYTimes. He charges that several states have passed laws controlling the voting process that will disproportionately burden voters who are racial minorities (govt. photo id required) or young (student id’s not allowed in South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Texas). Read his essay here, and get the NYT if you want more.
Congressman Lewis received an honorary degree from UMass Lowell in 2007.
The lesson here is that elections matter at every level. Decisions by state legislatures affect federal election outcomes. The Presidency, for one.