On Sunday, March 3rd in Selma, Alabama Hillary Clinton spoke at the annual “Bloody Sunday” commemorative service at the Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she addressed her concerns over the judicial changes to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The judicial change in question refers to the Supreme Court decision in June of 2013 to free up 9 states, mostly in the south, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.
In her speech Clinton said this:
“I was the first person who ran for president without the protection of the Voting Rights Act. I’ll tell you, it makes a really big difference. And it doesn’t just make a difference in Alabama and Georgia. It made a difference in Wisconsin, where the best studies that have been done said somewhere between 40,000 and 80,000 people were turned away from the polls because of the color of their skin, because of their age, because of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow American citizen from voting.”
Her claim that the change to the Voting Rights Act deterred citizens from voting in Wisconsin is important, because Wisconsin is a state that Clinton narrowly lost in 2016 – by only 22,748 votes. Her statements suggest that if the 40,000 – 80,000 people were allowed to vote in 2016 the election in Wisconsin could have turned in her favor, and therefore the presidency.
However, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 held no jurisdiction on any municipalities in Wisconsin. The law that she suggested deterred voting in Wisconsin never applied to Wisconsin in the first place. For this reason, Politifact rated Clinton’s claim as “Pants on Fire.”
All of this is not to mention that Clinton also suggested Wisconsin voting centers were racist, ageist, and/or so corrupt as that they would make up whatever excuse to stop a fellow American citizen from voting.
Notably, Clinton never campaigned in Wisconsin during the general election.
For the full speech visit: https://www.c-span.org/video/?458392-3/hillary-clinton-selma-alabama