Begich Stands Firm on Voting Rights Comments
Senator Mark Begich responded today to a letter from Division of Elections director Gail Fenumiai through his press secretary. Heather Handyside stated:
Senator Begich’s remarks to the state Legislature earlier this week about voting challenges faced by Alaska Natives and other minority groups were accurate and reflect the troubling experiences he’s been hearing from many rural Alaskans. Alaska Natives have relied on the Voting Rights Act for nearly 40 years to protect themselves from barriers at the ballot box.
It’s sadly ironic the Division of Elections rests its defense on that Act because this administration is in federal court today seeking to gut that very law.
Senator Begich will continue to fight to uphold the ideals advanced by Elizabeth Peratrovich and other Alaska civil rights leaders that Alaska Natives and others should never be turned away at the ballot box because of the language they speak or way of life they live.
Posted: March 7, 2013