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MLK III calls for Americans to boycott his father’s birthday saying ‘No celebration without legislation’

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 11:28 PM EST
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) -

Martin Luther King III is taking on the mantle of voting legislation stalled in Congress. He’s calling on Americans to peacefully pressure lawmakers to act on the bills on January 17th, Martin Luther King Junior Day.

Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., is behind the proposed changes, which would in part strike down hurdles to voting enacted by some states, reduce the influence of big money in politics and limit partisan influence in the drawing of district lines.

The Democrat says recent changes to voting laws in the commonwealth increased voter turnout by 25% between 2017 and 2021.

In The Mountain State, Executive Director for “Race Matters” Loretta Young says that the right to vote needs to be protected for all citizens.

Nearly all republicans object to the legislation. They argue it’s a federal overreach that would infringe on the ability of states to conduct their own elections.

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