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Action Alert from NAACP Re: Voter ID Cards
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WASHINGTON BUREAU NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE
1156 15th Street, NW Suite 915 Washington, DC 20005 P (202)463-2940 F (202)463-2953
E-MAIL:mailto:washingtonbureau@naacpnet.org WEB ADDRESS http://www.naacp.org /

ACTION ALERT

DATE: September 15, 2006

TO: Concerned Parties

FROM: Bruce Gordon, NAACP President & CEO
Hilary O. Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau

NAACP CALLS ON CONGRESS TO OPPOSE DISCRIMINATORY BILL REQUIRING ALL VOTERS TO SHOW A GOVERNMENT-APPROVED PHOTO ID BEFORE VOTING
GOVERNMENT-APPROVED PHOTO ID REQUIREMENT WOULD CAUSE RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES, THE ELDERLY AND OTHER GROUPS OF CITIZENS TO LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE


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THE ISSUE:
In the next few weeks, the House of Representatives may consider legislation, H.R. 4844, which would require all voters to show some form of federally-approved photo identification before being able to cast their vote by the year 2008. It would also require states to ask for documented proof of citizenship by the year 2010.

This legislation flies in the face of our right, guaranteed by the Constitution, to cast a free and unfettered ballot, as well as the recently reauthorized 1965 Voting Rights Act, which mandates that no state or municipality shall in any way infringe on our right to vote.

H.R. 4844 re-creates new obstacles in voting akin to a modern day "poll-tax" by forcing U.S citizens to pay for government approved ID that many of our most vulnerable citizens do not have or cannot easily obtain to prove their citizenship such as passports or birth certificates. The requirement that all voters present a photo ID before being able to cast a regular ballot will disproportionately disenfranchise African Americans and other racial and ethnic minority Americans, as well as, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, Americans living in rural areas, Native American voters, the homeless, and low-income people who are less likely to have or carry a photo ID. The criterion for establishing proof of citizenship may be impossible for some of our citizens to establish. Until recently, it was common in certain parts of the country for people to be born at home, without obtaining an official birth certificate. If H.R. 4844 were to become law, many of these American citizens would be completely disenfranchised.

To add insult to injury, the bill would do little or nothing to prevent actual instances of voter fraud. Nothing in the legislation addresses actual documented problems of election and voter fraud which continue to plague our electoral process and our democracy. These include the improper purges of voters, distributing false information about when and where to vote, stuffing ballot boxes, and tampering with registration forms, most of which are perpetrated by corrupt election officials, not voters. Rather, H.R. 4844 would only exacerbate the already existing problem of voter non-participation by erroneously removing or discouraging countless eligible voters, American citizens, from the process.
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  -Action Alert from NAACP Re: Voter ID Cards DesertedRose  Sep-17-06 04:25 PM   #0 
  - If you want to start a "call in" thread on Monday, I will help you kick.  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 04:26 PM   #1 
  - I will do what I can  DesertedRose   Sep-17-06 04:32 PM   #5 
  - Yes! DUers are very generous with their time.  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 04:34 PM   #6 
     - I will tell you what disappoints me about the NAACP.  liberaldemocrat7   Sep-20-06 03:38 AM   #69 
        - Some issues they have different remedies for  goclark   Sep-20-06 09:06 AM   #71 
        - Yes however voting appears an important issue and GOP  liberaldemocrat7   Sep-20-06 09:49 AM   #72 
        - Why is this the responsibility of the NAACP?  proud2Blib   Sep-20-06 10:20 AM   #74 
           - Thank you, this is OUR responsibility not the NAACP's nt  goclark   Sep-20-06 11:05 AM   #75 
  - With you all the way!  goclark   Sep-20-06 09:02 AM   #70 
  - I will kick to, but will be gone for big chunks of the day.  lonestarnot   Sep-17-06 04:28 PM   #2 
  - Aren't you great? Thank you!  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 04:31 PM   #3 
     - Guess Deserted Rose didn't want my help. LOL  lonestarnot   Sep-17-06 04:36 PM   #8 
        - Now, why in the world would I do such a thing?  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 04:38 PM   #11 
        - Agree!  lonestarnot   Sep-17-06 04:39 PM   #14 
        - Cut me some slack, I'm nursing my son in my lap, here.  DesertedRose   Sep-17-06 04:38 PM   #12 
           - Is he okay? Oh, geeze. Thank you for putting this up  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 04:39 PM   #13 
           - Oh he's fine...nodding off  DesertedRose   Sep-17-06 04:40 PM   #16 
           - Damn! Don't accidentally pull up any pictures of bushitler, you'll  lonestarnot   Sep-17-06 04:40 PM   #17 
  - ID cards can not cause anyone "TO LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE". It  jody   Sep-17-06 04:32 PM   #4 
  - No, it's a poll tax meant to supress the vote of the poor and the colorful  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 04:35 PM   #7 
  - How about a middleground  Truthiness Inspector   Sep-17-06 04:39 PM   #15 
     - Sure! But the people who own our elections will never do that.  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 04:41 PM   # 
     - Some of the places that are requiring ID are trying no fee and portable  Solo_in_MD   Sep-17-06 04:58 PM   #26 
     - So, you think that the suppression of poor and colorful votes  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 05:01 PM   #27 
        - How about some proof that it is happening now  Solo_in_MD   Sep-17-06 05:10 PM   #30 
           - There were 8 black votes "spoiled" in Florida for every white vote  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 05:13 PM   #31 
     - Missouri tried it, and was ruled unconstitutional  AllegroRondo   Sep-18-06 09:42 AM   #56 
        - It was just recently ruled unconstitutional in Georgia, too.  DesertedRose   Sep-20-06 11:40 AM   #78 
  - ack  lonestarnot   Sep-17-06 04:37 PM   #9 
  - Show us your papers comrade  WHEN CRABS ROAR   Sep-17-06 04:41 PM   #18 
  - Boy, is that right! Welcome to DU, When Crabs Roar.  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 04:44 PM   #21 
  - Blastphemy, and a damn good one...  Solo_in_MD   Sep-17-06 04:44 PM   #20 
  - Is impersonating voters at the polls a big problem anywhere? Can you  ProgressiveEconomist   Sep-17-06 06:01 PM   #35 
     - Suggest you browse the site of the Commission that recommended Voter ID.  jody   Sep-17-06 07:00 PM   #38 
     - That commission was an effort to reframe the issue  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 07:14 PM   #41 
     - My post was to ProgressiveEconomist, not you. Have you read the report? na  jody   Sep-17-06 07:23 PM   #43 
     - Excellent post! People for the American Way have some great webpages  ProgressiveEconomist   Sep-17-06 07:48 PM   #46 
     - Sure didn't take long to exhaust her list of talking points  ProgressiveEconomist   Sep-17-06 08:43 PM   #49 
     - Suggest you read the dissent to the majority report by Carter-Baker  ProgressiveEconomist   Sep-17-06 07:35 PM   #44 
        - I read all the dissenting statements when the report was released Sept 05.  jody   Sep-17-06 08:02 PM   #47 
           - Don't let the swinging door hit you where Karl Rove's dog bit you  ProgressiveEconomist   Sep-17-06 08:11 PM   #48 
     - I found out in 2004 that I am currently on the voter rolls in every single  MrsGrumpy   Sep-17-06 09:05 PM   #51 
     - A Kansas City paper did a study a couple years ago, and found only 3 cases  AllegroRondo   Sep-18-06 09:46 AM   #57 
        - Requiring ID isn't going to make that big a difference  Nobody   Sep-19-06 06:41 PM   #67 
  - K & R #5 - Off to the greatest page! I'll help you kick a thread tomorrow.  Sapphire Blue   Sep-17-06 04:38 PM   #10 
  - This is why I love DU. We can aggregate our energies.  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 04:43 PM   #19 
  - I'm just so tired of this nonsense  DesertedRose   Sep-17-06 04:46 PM   #22 
     - They can frame/disguise it however they want; we KNOW what it is.  Sapphire Blue   Sep-17-06 04:49 PM   #23 
        - You bet! And at bottom, mostly a race crime.  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 04:53 PM   #24 
        - Truer words never spoken!  lonestarnot   Sep-17-06 04:54 PM   #25 
           - Actually its a crock...  Solo_in_MD   Sep-17-06 05:05 PM   #28 
              - Actually, you have no grasp of the history of elections in this country.  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 05:06 PM   #29 
              - Which is why ID and other reforms are critical  Solo_in_MD   Sep-17-06 05:19 PM   #32 
              - Ohio. n/.t  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 05:21 PM   #33 
              - You are so knowledgeable about racism. I can see that. Would  lonestarnot   Sep-17-06 06:52 PM   #37 
              - Have you read "The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy  ProgressiveEconomist   Sep-17-06 11:28 PM   #53 
              - Since I don't know what the fuck you're talking about and I'm to  lonestarnot   Sep-17-06 06:49 PM   #36 
                 - My point is that the efforts to have a clean vote, which means  Solo_in_MD   Sep-17-06 07:10 PM   #40 
                    - I don't mean to be imflammatory, but the fact is,  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 07:17 PM   #42 
                    - Name one damn thing the government, especially in the last 6  lonestarnot   Sep-17-06 07:38 PM   #45 
  - Every DUer that doesn't get this as a race crime --  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 05:28 PM   #34 
  - Have you seen the PFAW "Voter ID" report, "The New Face of Jim Crow?"  ProgressiveEconomist   Sep-17-06 09:02 PM   #50 
     - I hadn't seen it. Thank you for being a witness. n/t  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-06 09:46 PM   #52 
  - We should ask for help from the U.N.  kerry-is-my-prez   Sep-17-06 07:04 PM   #39 
  - Good morning DU - here's a kick and friendly reminder to call  DesertedRose   Sep-18-06 08:08 AM   #54 
  - I called today...  Sapphire Blue   Sep-18-06 05:20 PM   #65 
  - Kick  DesertedRose   Sep-18-06 09:21 AM   #55 
  - kick!  lonestarnot   Sep-18-06 11:31 AM   #58 
  - Kick  DesertedRose   Sep-18-06 12:39 PM   #59 
  - Kick  sfexpat2000   Sep-18-06 12:49 PM   #60 
  - K&R(nt)  Kurovski   Sep-18-06 01:15 PM   #61 
  - $20 a pop for state ID  warrens   Sep-18-06 01:18 PM   #62 
  - Kick  sfexpat2000   Sep-18-06 02:01 PM   #63 
  - Afternoon kick.  DesertedRose   Sep-18-06 03:17 PM   #64 
  - kick  Sapphire Blue   Sep-18-06 05:56 PM   #66 
  - kick!  Sapphire Blue   Sep-20-06 12:34 AM   #68 
  - Today's the day, folks.  sfexpat2000   Sep-20-06 10:19 AM   #73 
  - kick  alyce douglas   Sep-20-06 11:21 AM   #76 
  - I just called my congressman's office.  DesertedRose   Sep-20-06 11:38 AM   #77 
 

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