Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the first voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery.
Movement Supporters Question Lawmakers Commitment To Repeal Last Year’s Election Laws
Supporters of a grassroots movement to repeal the election laws approved in the state legislature a year ago are challenging legislative leaders. They said if the effort to repeal the changes is so genuine they should let the voters do it. Julie Erfle of Protect Your Right to Vote notes House Speaker Andy Tobin and Senate President Andy Biggs have made no pledges they will not derail a repeal measure, and she does not buy their claims the repeal would be the final word.
“I think that if we get some kind of a guarantee from Biggs and Tobin that we would be in a much better position as far as believing what their true intent of the repeal is about,” Erfle said.
The activists went to the offices of the House and Senate leaders with a pledge they want them to sign to promise they will not reintroduce provisions of the measure that put restrictions on ballot collection, third party candidate, and allowed purges of the early voter rolls.