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I put together just some brief statements, then I will give you more personal comments. Let me just start by telling you a little background, too. We got a little history lesson tonight, and it is important to know where we come from. If you do not appreciate the history, it is very hard to map a future for where we are going. While Democrats and Republicans in the South may have voted against the Voting Rights Act 50 years ago, eight of Iowa’s nine federal elected officials helped the measure pass. Iowa has long been at the forefront of making elections accessible. The passage of Voting Rights Act was a monumental achievement in our nation's history, and voting is a civic duty that all Americans should fulfill. I am proud that Iowa is one of the nation’s leaders in voting accessibility. I would like to continue that trend in my role as Iowa’s Commissioner of Elections by increasing participation while maintaining the integrity of the vote. That is the balancing act as part of what we are talking about tonight.
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"The Voting Rights Act in Iowa,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 11
, Article 14.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol11/iss1/14