Voter Suppression

9264693_s"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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Be prepared to protect your vote and your right. Before you go to the polls, make sure you are informed about voter ID laws and steps you need to take to protect your right to vote. 
For more information visit: My Vote, My Right voter protection site
 
 
 
 

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Movimiento Hispano (Hispanic Movement) is a project of Latinos for Democracy (LFD) aimed at increasing Latino civic engagement and voter turnout. LFD is a coalition comprised of the Hispanic Federation (HF), The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). LFD has launched this website in order to create a nonpartisan, culturally competent virtual tool that will guide citizens on how to register to vote and engage civically online.

My Vote, My Right, is the AFL-CIO’s voter protection and education program, is a nonpartisan effort to raise awareness on voting rights, educate voters on new voting laws, ensure voters are able to vote fairly and without intimidation and that all votes are counted. You can use this site to register to vote, look up your state’s guidelines, sign up to be a poll worker or poll monitor, share voting graphics, or look up your polling place.

The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Through their bilingual hotlines this website and comprehensive voter protection field programs across the country, they provide Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive voter information and advice on how they can make sure their vote is counted.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Voting Rights project "works to protect and expand Americans' freedom to vote through legislation, litigation, and voter education."

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has been at the forefront of the legal struggle to achieve equality and protect advances in voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disenfranchised groups. Today, that tradition continues. With the indispensable assistance of private law firms, the Voting Rights Project is an integrated program of litigation, voter protection, research, advocacy and education.

The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law is a "nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice.