PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!
Americans’ right to vote is being threatened on multiple fronts, primarily to the detriment of minorities and the poor. Americans for Democratic Action notes with alarm the recent passage of legislation in numerous state legislatures and changes in administrative procedures in many states which prevent or severely burden the rights of citizens to vote. Without justification, these new laws and procedures are plainly intended to, and have the effect of, inhibiting and discouraging voting by the young, the elderly, the disabled and the poor. Under the pretext of preventing “voter fraud” and of preventing unnecessary expenditures of increasingly scarce public funds in the current poor economy, these irrational measures fail to prevent or deter the misbehavior they pretend to address and burden most severely portions of our citizens who are most in need of assistance for access to the ballot.
These burdensome measures include the requirement that voters present government-issued identification in order to vote, increasingly difficult voter registration procedures, decreased access to absentee voting, decreased access to early voting, and ending Election Day voter registration in jurisdictions where such registrations have proved trouble-free.
Therefore Americans for Democratic Action supports:
WHAT IS VOTER SUPPRESSION?
Voter suppression refers to any policy or practice that discourages or prevents people from voting. Former Attorney General Eric Holder compared voter ID laws to a “poll tax” for those people who might have to travel great distances or spend money to obtain an ID. Other forms of voter suppression include proof of citizenship requirements for registering or voting, intimidating voters through deceptive practices and intimidation, failing to provide voting materials in the language the voter speaks, and limiting the voting rights of ex-felons.
Voter suppression laws represent the worst kind of partisan politics, where politicians are taking away people’s right to vote in order to advance their agenda instead of working to restore balance to our economy. Voter suppression laws are a key piece to a broader rightwing campaign that includes eliminating collective bargaining rights, pushing anti-immigrant legislation and privatizing key public services—all designed to silence the voices of the 99% and advance the desires of the top 1%. And they show just how willing politicians are to advance a partisan agenda regardless of its impact on people.
WHAT CAN YOUR ADA CHAPTER DO TO HELP PREVENT VOTER SUPPRESSION?
Voter Suppression News
Ohio Secretary of State Backs Down On Early Voting
After Voter ID Decision, What Happens Next?
Feds Clear NH To Implement New Voter ID Law
Pennsylvania Court To Expedite Challenge To Voter ID Law
House Democrats Blast Ohio's Early Voting Laws
Suit to End Minnesota Same-Day Voter Registration Dismissed
Florida Voter Purge to Resume Soon
Judge Denies State's Stay in Voter Registration Case
Overt Discrimination in Ohio
Judge guts vote registration law