Bronx-bred freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) believes there is “rampant voter suppression” in America.
She currently has a petition online to get the attention of Congress to work on eliminating the perceived issue. In the past, AOC attributed suppression to some of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) struggles in Michigan’s Democratic primary election.
“Well, I think one thing that … that isn’t being talked about is the rampant voter suppression in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez told Fox News’s Bret Baier.
Citing long lines that young voters in college towns such as Ann Arbor had to face, AOC sees a major issue.
“Right there, in Ann Arbor, where we had that rally, those kids were waiting three hours in line to vote in Michigan.”
However, AOC frustrations stem from the pivotal Super Tuesday. It is the U.S. Presidential primary election day in March when the greatest number of U.S. states hold primary elections and caucuses.
Sanders lost Michigan to former Vice President Joe Biden. He previously had scored an upset win in Michigan against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016. This time, the former vice president won by 17 percentage points.
Sanders won North Dakota, which is tied for the least amount of delegates (14) in the continental U.S. However, it was the only state that he won.
Ocasio-Cortez has stated in the past that there is more Sanders’ campaign can do to get young voters to vote.