Hillary Clinton has urged to reform the US electoral system. She slammed a recent ruling by the US Supreme Court that she said are reviving “old demons of discrimination.” Her speech on Monday in San Francisco was the first one in a series of speeches yet to follow about the challenges the America is facing.
Former US Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke before about 1,000 members of the American Bar Association.
Her 45-minute speech was the first in a series of speeches she is going to deliver later about “the challenges undermining Americans’ faith in government”, the Washington Post notes.
Clinton described the court’s June decision that allows 15 states, particularly southern states, not to get approval from the US Department of Justice in case they amend their electoral laws as “an assault on voting rights”.
Texas has already made use of the decision and introduced a tough identification law which, as analysts say, affects Hispanic and black residents. Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has announced the state’s voting rolls will soon be reviewed in order to single out and remove non-US citizens from them.
“We do — let’s admit it — have a long history of shutting people out: African Americans, women, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities,” she said. “And throughout our history, we have found too many ways to divide and exclude people from their ownership of the law and protection from the law,” Clinton said as cited by media.
According to Clinton, the ruling will only renew discrimination at polls and block millions of Americans from fully participating in our democracy.
Clinton, who has not yet announced her political plans for the 2016 presidential race, said in her upcoming speeches she would speak on national security issues and US global leadership.