Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is expected to call for at least 20 days of in-person early voting in a speech Thursday at Texas Southern University. She will use the speech to suggest that states adopt a new standard of "no fewer than 20 days of early in-person voting, including weekend and evening voting," according to the Associated Press.
This push is further effort by Democrats to change voter ID laws and to paint Republicans who support such laws as wanting to make it difficult for poor and minority citizens to vote. Clinton's choice in speech location, a historically black university in Houston, will be perceived as a highly calculated move; something the AP didn't miss:
The issue is closely watched by black voters, who supported President Barack Obama in large numbers and will be an important constituency as Clinton seeks to rebuild Obama's coalition.
In anticipation of her speech, the Clinton campaign used social media to champion voting rights:
Hillary is going to share some big ideas on protecting & expanding voting rights today. Read this before she speaks: http://t.co/qnKuwY9r2N— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 4, 2015
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is hosting Thursday's speech and Clinton will be honored with an award named after the late United States representative and noted civil rights leader Barbara Charline Jordan.