The founder of Let America Vote headlines a voting rights rally in Nebraska this evening.
Jason Kander founded the national voting rights group after losing a close race for United States Senate in Missouri. Kander says the group works to uphold the rights of voters.
“Denying eligible voters the chance to participate in elections is un-American and, unfortunately, it still happens,” Kander tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview. “And the goal of Let America Vote is to create political consequences for politicians who make voting harder. Basically, politicians make it harder to vote, we’re there to make it harder for them to get re-elected.”
Nebraskans for Civic Reform hosts the event in Omaha entitled “Art + Activism: An evening dedicated to protecting the right to vote.” It is being held at Love’s Jazz and Arts Center.
Kander, a Democrat who served in the Missouri House as well as Missouri Secretary of State, says he looks forward to coming here.
“And one reason that I’m excited to be in Nebraska is because the state legislature has actually rejected a lot of bad voting bills with bi-partisan support, or bi-partisan opposition to the bill,” Kander says. “So, folks in Nebraska take their civic responsibility real seriously and it transcends Republicans and Democrats and in that way, I think it’s a role model for other states.”