When I was 4 years old, my family needed to fly to Iowa for the funeral of my Dad’s uncle. While walking to the gate my Mom instructed us to “stand aside!” I took her hand, my sister on her hip, and watched as a handful of African-Americans walked down the concourse, the crowd having naturally parted. I asked, “Who is that, Mommy, and why did everyone stop?” She replied, “That’s Coretta Scott King, she is a very important lady.” So, in 1969, there was a manifest demonstration of reverence for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his good works, and the sacrifices of his family.
How do we honor his legacy today in the face of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Shelby Co. v. Holder, that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which Dr. King heralded into existence? If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will fight to fully restore the Voting Rights Act, restore Justice Department preclearance, and make the Voting Rights Act applicable to all 50 states. Every U.S. citizen in every state is entitled to the right of “one person, one vote.”
— Teresa Tomlinson
AS YOUR NEXT SENATOR, I WILL FIGHT TO RESTORE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND HONOR THE LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AS FOLLOWS:
- I support legislation to correct the damage caused to the Voting Rights Act by the Shelby County v Holder case, restore Justice Department pre-clearance, and expand the protections of the Voting Rights Act to all 50 states.
- I support Congressional efforts to ensure our elections are free from interference by foreign governments or their agents.
- I support efforts to ensure the integrity of the voting process and improve our election security, including hand-marked paper ballots as the superior alternative for every election, given that they can be audited after disputed election outcomes.
- I support efforts to end voter suppression and gerrymandering tactics that dilute the basic democratic concept of “one person, one vote,” and which disproportionately affect minorities, the elderly, and other vulnerable communities.
- I support efforts to expand the right to vote to as many eligible people as possible by providing for automatic voter registration and same day registration.
- I support the restoration of voting rights to previously incarcerated persons who have served their sentences and paid their debt to society. I oppose the use of fees and fines as a poll tax.
- I support efforts to make voting easier for early voting and Saturday voting efforts.