Caution: Some States Don't Treat Voters Fairly

Caution: Some States Don't Treat Voters Fairly

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Folks, as I've mentioned over on craigconnects, anytime there's upcoming elections, that means that you should be aware of your rights.

There are some real bad actors out there trying to implement laws to stop eligible people, including women, people of color, and older folks, from voting. What I learned in high school civics class is that an attack on voting rights is virtually the same as an attack on the country.

Some politicians have tried to manipulate voting laws for their benefit, that's not right. We need integrity in our elections and voting that's free, fair, and accessible.

It's up to us all to ensure the integrity of our voting process by getting registered, speaking up against voter ID laws and the attack on voting rights, and to encourage everyone to vote, regardless of ethnicity or gender.

Disenfranchising voters is not a new thing, but has been happening across the country for some time now. A while back, I worked with some good folks to create an infographic about the impact of voter suppression.

My team and I have also compiled a list of voting resources; please check it out, and share any helpful resources that you think are missing in the comments of this post. Thanks!

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Dean Gibson

If you believe that there have only been nine cases of voter impersonation in the US in the last seven years, I have a bridge to sell you (perhaps on Craigslist). Here in the Seattle area, there were more than that in the last major election.

I also don't doubt that there are groups that try to prevent eligible voters from voting. That's probably a bigger problem, but pretending that there is not the first problem is a fairy tale.

Leroy

The premise that requiring everyone that votes to have an ID somehow suppresses people from voting is ridiculous. If you are in this country legally and are of voting age you must have an ID to work/get assistance/drive/etc. so what is the burden for showing it when you vote???

Patricia Sommer

Voter oppression is a FACT and any tactic that may be used to oppress and limit voters from participating in a fair and open process is in 'fact' being used and we must work at overcoming and preventing this from being an issue. If voter ID is needed to prevent voter fraud than it can easily be done in a manner that prevents the harm caused from voter oppression — that this is not the case, as of yet, is cause to know that voter oppression is alive and well and must be overcome/prevented.

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