"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
Fifteenth Amendment, United States Constitution.
Voting rights are under attack in this country as state legislators nationwide pass voter suppression laws. These attempts to reduce access to the polls and make citizens meet unnecessary requirements for voting should be seen as nothing less than an attack on our fundamental freedoms.
In the first few months of 2011 alone, legislators in 34 states introduced reasonable-sounding voter ID laws that, in effect, would disenfranchise more than 21 million eligible voters who don’t possess the kind of ID these laws mandate. Proponents of voter ID laws claim they are fighting voter fraud, but years of national research have proven voter impersonation to be an extremely rare, almost nonexistent problem. Voter ID laws would disenfranchise millions of voters specially Latinos, elderly, youth and other minority communities across the country.
Efforts to pass voter suppression laws are part of a concerted effort to silence the voices of Communities that historically have been left out of the voting process. Voter ID requirements would take our democracy back to the days of poll taxes and literacy tests for ballots. We cannot allow a small group to disenfranchise voters so they can advance their partisan agenda.
It’s up to all of us to protect the integrity of our country’s democracy by protecting voting rights for all Americans.
It is time to fight back Voter Suppression Laws
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