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Kamala Harris: Voting Rights Is The Fight Of Our Lifetime

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Vice President Harris introduced a $25 million expansion of the Democratic National Committee's "I Will Vote" initiative during a speech Thursday at Howard University.

"Regardless of who you are, where you live, what party you belong to, your vote matters," she said. "This is the fight of our lifetime. We all stand on the shoulders of giants. We will always remember our history. We also understand their legacy and that we are a part of that."


VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS: And there is another important component of our work together and that is mobilizing to ensure Americans vote in the elections coming up ahead. Now I know that there are some folks out there who are saying, “Well, hold up, I just voted. I stood in that line like you asked me to last time. It was hot or it was cold. So why are you coming to me now talking about this now? I just voted.” And that’s fair. That’s a fair point. Yes, it is early. And we have never really started this early before, but folks, it is never too early to defend your rights. So with these new laws that have been passed, or they’re trying to pass, we have to start now to finish strong. And remember, this is not only about a national election, this is also about state and local elections. It’s about who’s going to be your sheriff or your mayor or your school board member. The folks get who elected and then make decisions that impact your everyday life.

So America this year, next year, and every election year, the future of our nation is decided by us. You, the people and therefore the people must be able, without hindrance, without obstacle, certainly without insurmountable obstacle, to decide our country’s future. To determine your future, the future of your children, the future of our nation and therein lies the power of your vote. With this $25 million, the Democrats are investing in the tools and technology to register voters, to educate voters, to turn out voters, to protect voters. People say, “What’s the strategy?” Well, I just outlined it. We are going to assemble the largest voter protection team we have ever had sure to ensure that all Americans can vote and have your vote counted in a fair and transparent process. And again, I want to make clear that this is about all voters. It’s about all voters. This is not about Democrats or Republicans, this is about Americans. Let’s be clear about that.

And who is prepared right now to stand up for what we say are some of our fundamental values, some of the fundamental pillars to a democracy, to our democracy. That’s what this is about. So we want to help you vote and we want to help to make sure your vote is counted. And that is because our democracy is strongest when everyone participates and it is weaker, it is weaker, our democracy as a nation is weaker when people are left out. So this is the fight. This is the fight of our lifetime. This is the fight of our lifetime. We all stand on the shoulders of giants. We will always remember our history. We also understand their legacy and that we are a part of that. And in that way, there is a continuum. So I say in that context, this is the fight of our nation’s lifetime. And we need your help. If you are not registered to vote, register. If you are registered, make sure your friends and family are registered. And I’m going to give you a website. You know I had to come with a website. Go to iwillvote.com, iwillvote.com.


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