Posted by: maboulette | November 24, 2011

VOTING RIGHTS

Map of Section 5 Covered Jurisdictions

The largest rollback in voting rights in over a century is now underway—including in Texas.

A wave of restrictive laws enacted in Texas and 13 other states (so far) will mean that next year as many as 5 million Americans could find voting difficult, and for some impossible.

These new laws restrict the forms of ID needed to vote, reduce early voting, place restrictions on voter registration, and deny voting rights to Americans with criminal records, even if they’ve paid their debt to society. And they disproportionately impact African Americans, Latinos, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and young voters.

But the U.S. Department of Justice has the power to stop these laws from being enforced. That’s why a petition has been created to send to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on SignOn.org, which says:

We the undersigned request that you bring the full power of the United States Department of Justice to oppose any discriminatory laws that will disenfranchise voters, and to demand states’ compliance with the Voting Rights Act and other laws to ensure that the rights of voters are protected.

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=267880&id=33132-18129300-Bb%3DR1Dx&t=2

Petition written by Judith Browne Dianis.


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