As you may be aware, legislation requiring voters to produce restrictive photo identification at the polls has been popping up all over the country. The Lawyers’ Committee continues to be a vocal opponent of these measures, as they create unnecessary new hurdles to the ballot box that are especially burdensome for low-income, minority, elderly, disabled, and student voters, many of whom were able to vote before but, thanks to new requirements, may be unable or discouraged from doing so in future elections.
How do these laws create barriers to the ballot? Here are just a few of the many examples that we’ve seen recently:
These stories are just a handful of the estimated 5 million + citizens who will have their right to vote effectively taken away from them in 2012 by these unfair voter ID laws.
To combat this reality and educate citizens of their rights, we are pleased to launch our new Interactive Map of Shame. The Map of Shame shows the status of existing voter ID and other laws that have the effect of suppressing the turnout of eligible voters on Election Day. In addition, the Map offers state-specific information on new requirements for registering to vote and voting. For states with the strictest laws, the Map of Shame provides voter ID toolkits with detailed information on every step of the process for obtaining a qualifying photo ID. The Map also has links through which you can share your story of how voter ID laws have affected you or those around you and an online petition you can sign to protest these disenfranchising laws.
These restrictive voter ID bills are a solution in search of a problem and will only serve to disenfranchise eligible voters. Our right to vote is too important for us to allow these assaults to continue! Join us in resolutely denouncing these dangerous attacks on our most fundamental right.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
See map at: