Target: Attorney General Greg Abbott
Goal: Condemn Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for moving quickly on the state’s new discriminative voter ID law.
State voter ID laws swept through this country during the 2012 election season. Most of the laws required voters to have an ID with them when they vote. These laws are controversial because they are a way of preventing minority communities, who may not have access to facilities where they can obtain photo IDs, from voting, and minorities tend to vote Democratic. The voter ID laws were overwhelmingly passed in states with Republican leadership.
After the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott moved quickly to make it clear he plans to implement the Texas voter ID law. He said in a statement, “With today’s decision, the state’s voter ID law will take effect immediately.” The Supreme Court got rid of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which defined the states that the federal government had oversight for voting. Texas was one of those states, and now congress has to redefine which states the federal government has oversight over.
The Texas voter ID law requires voters to show a photo ID. This is not allowed by the Justice Department because it is a discriminatory requirement that deters many underprivileged communities from voting. Attorney General Abbott also stated that “Redistricting maps passed by the Legislature may also take effect without approval from the federal government.” His plans for the new voter ID law and redistricting will negatively affect minority representation. Condemn Attorney General Abbott by signing the petition below.
Dear Attorney General Abbott,
The right to vote is still an issue in the U.S. even though the Supreme Court struck down important parts of the Voting Rights Act. The voter ID laws passed by states during the 2012 election season were passed in order to make it more difficult for minorities to vote. Republican leaders have said that the voter ID laws were passed to prevent voter fraud, but really they just prevent equal representation from being achieved.
Your intention to implement the new voter ID law in Texas will hurt many minorities. The Justice Department does not even allow photo IDs to be required in order to vote. The law is discriminative because it creates barriers that are in the way of the right to vote. The Supreme Court voting down parts of the Voting Rights Act will already hurt minorities when it comes to voting.
Every citizen deserves the right to vote, and as a country we have been heading backwards regarding voting rights. Equal representation is something that we are proud of when we call ourselves Americans. Infringing upon this ideal will only hurt what this country stands for.
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