COMMON CAUSE LAUNCHES EFFORT TO STOP VOTER SUPPRESSION IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY
By Nadin Abbott
October 24, 2012 (San Diego)-- It is ironic. This morning ECM attended a press conference dealing with voting suppression, while nearby volunteers from both the Democratic and Republican Parties were getting ready to register newly minted citizens after their naturalization ceremonies.
The conference was called by State Senator Leeland Yee (D-8). He was joined by State Representative Marti Block (D-78- Assembly), as well as Simon Mayeski of the non partisan Common Cause and Phillip W. Liburd, Executive Board Member of the NAACP San Diego Branch.
According to Yee the State Senate held a hearing yesterday on “strategic efforts to suppress the vote during the November election.” The comprehensive presentation was done by Common Cause of California. According to Yee, in his view, “Voter suppression is the same as voter fraud.”
Mayeski said that there is a history of intimidation in San Diego, chiefly East of I-15, South of I-18 and at the colleges. Common Cause is ready to respond to these efforts. Moreover, they are part of a coalition of civil rights organizations, among then the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the NCAAP.