If you are a woman or minority, your right to vote was purchased with bloodshed. Whatever your party or preference, you should exercise your voting rights to honor those who sacrificed. Now the Republicans are attempting to roll back your rights with underhanded legislation that effectively ensures you cannot vote in the elections.
Some states have eliminated voting on the Sunday prior to the election, 34 states have implemented photo ID requirements, 15 states are demanding proof of citizenship – birth certificate. Nine states have implemented no early voting and no late voter registration. These laws actually violate the Voter Registration Act, Section five.
The target demographics for these anti-American laws are African-Americans, Latinos, Women, Seniors and college students. Most seniors do not have their birth certificates on hand, many minorities and women work hours which make it difficult to vote on a Tuesday and eliminating Sunday voting will effectively eliminate their votes. Student IDs have been ruled as not sufficient for voting.
Arm yourself with information. Brennan Center for Justice has a site that describes all of the new changes and how you can challenge them or keep your voting rights intact. Alternatively, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683) to find out all the new changes and how you can protect your rights.