Rigging our right to vote
August 21, 2012
The Virginian-Pilot reports, "The Department of Justice has cleared Virginia's new voter identification law. The law requires voters to present identification - everything from a drivers license to a utility bill is accepted - before voting. Those who don't will be given a provisional ballot, a vote not counted unless the voter subsequently presents election officials with proof of his or her identity... Many critics of the law say it unfairly discriminates against certain groups, who don't have identification, and attempts to prevent a form of voter fraud that is rare."
Progressive Point: Voting is a fundamental American freedom. But across the country, conservatives are waging a concerted campaign to keep Americans away from the polls. You see, if they can't be sure you're going to vote for them, they'd rather you not vote at all.
New anti-voting laws are designed to prevent eligible voters from casting a ballot. Seniors, people of color, low-income Americans, veterans and students will all face new hurdles to making sure their vote counts. It's bad enough conservatives are rewriting our laws to favor the big corporations funding their campaigns. Now they're working together to rig the vote--so the system stays rigged in their favor.
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