Monday, November 14, 2005

Voting rights and wrongs

The William C. Velasquez Institute, which conducts Latino voter research, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund will conduct a conference in San Antonio this weekend on "Voting Rights and Poverty: Planning for the Present, Envisioning the Future."

It takes place this Friday and Saturday (Nov. 18-19) at the Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel. UTPA's president, Blandina Cardenas, is one of the confirmed speakers for the event. According to the brochure, the conference will include panels on poverty issues as well as the Voting Rights Act.

On a side note, while the VRA bans government-erected obstacles to the ballot box, it really doesn't address voter fraud, which disenfranchises voters just as effectively as the poll tax once did. In the Valley, the phrase "voter fraud" goes hand-in-hand with the term "local elections." Let's see some organizations look into how to prevent voter fraud -- local law enforcement hasn't done that much to stop it.


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