September 21, 2016
(thehill.com) - Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Wednesday called on the Obama administration to install federal election observers in states that have imposed voting restrictions.
“In certain states we should ask for federal protection, federal observers,” said Lewis at a roundtable event on voting rights in Washington.
“The election can be stolen on Election Day at polling places.”
In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act that required certain states to obtain permission from federal authorities before changing their voting laws.
Lewis and other Democrats have argued that GOP-controlled state legislatures have been able to impose voting restrictions on minorities and low-income people.
“It is a shame and a disgrace that Congress has not taken action to fix what the Supreme Court broke,” Lewis said.