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Stealth Voter Disenfranchisement Labeled as “Federal Election Integrity Act”

Urgent action is needed to oppose H.R. 4844, the deceptively titled Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006.

A vote is expected in the U.S. House tomorrow or Thursday. Please act now!

Contact your Representative today to oppose H.R. 4844.

Contrary to its title, the bill will undermine the integrity of our electoral process by imposing unnecessary barriers to full participation in federal elections. The bill’s requirements of proof of citizenship and photo identification as a prerequisite to voting may appear innocuous, but in reality they will disenfranchise seniors, minority voters, low income voters, students and young voters, and voters with disabilities. In addition, the implementation of H.R. 4844 places a huge burden on state governments.

This bill was designed in March of this year, and held until the last moment, to be rammed through Congress just in time for the November elections.
In fact, the bill was specifically written to take effect before November 7, 2006!

Proponents of photo identification provisions at the polls and proof of citizenship when registering to vote claim that these draconian constraints are necessary to guard against identity fraud at the nation’s polling places. But there is no credible evidence that voter impersonation or non-citizen voting is anything but an anomaly. As the United States District Court found in Common Cause v. Billups (when considering a Georgia law requiring ID at the polls), photo identification requirements amount to an unconstitutional poll tax and burden the fundamental right to vote of eligible American citizens.

To learn more about restrictive photo ID and proof of citizenship requirements, download the two PDF factsheets at:

Urge your Member of Congress to vote NO on H.R. 4844. When you take action you will be directed to the NCFE website where you can send a sample letter to your Representative or customize your letter based on our talking points and your own opinions. A fax is automatically generated and sent to the Washington, DC office of your Member of Congress. (Thanks to the National Campaign for Fair Elections (NCFE) for taking the lead on this.)

Urgent! U.S. House vote on photo ID this week Click here to act now!

Urge your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 4844, the so-called Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006, which would impose a restrictive photo ID requirement on all American voters. A vote is expected Wednesday or Thursday of this week in the U.S. House.

More information is available in downloadable PDFs at the NCEF action page (the “click here” link above).

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