Target: United States Congress
Goal: Limit states’ strict voter identification laws that are preventing thousands from voting
Nearly 25,000 transgender individuals across the country may not be able to vote in this fall’s elections because of strict voter photo ID requirements in 10 states. These laws violate simple human rights and need to be amended immediately.
Texas, Kansas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia all have particulary stricts voter ID laws. These laws make it difficult to obtain proper photo identification for transgenders. If these voters cannot present valid photo ID, they are not allowed to vote. In fact, this is just one of many unfair voting restrictions that have been in place since the beginning of America’s history. These current voter ID laws may also prohibit minorities, low-income, elderly and disabled from voting.
In many cases, the restriction is caused by the poll workers. Workers may turn transgender voters with valid IDs away because of the way they interpret voting laws. In fact, nearly half of all transgenders who present their ID in any normal identification requiring situations, they reported harassment or being asked to leave.
Supporters of the laws say that they are in effect to protect against voter fraud. While protection against voter fraud is important, it is even more important to protect an individual’s right to vote. In fact, recent studies have even proved that voter fraud is rare and the type of voter fraud that usually occurs cannot be stopped by photo ID.
Please sign the petition below to stop strict voting laws in certain states from prohibiting transgenders from voting.
Dear United States Congress,
In 10 states there are strict voter identification laws that may prevent over 25,000 individuals from voting in this fall’s elections. While these laws may effect minorities, low income, elderly and disabled, it will mostly target transgenders.
Many transgenders in Texas, Kansas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia may not have what their state government considers “valid photo ID” and will be turned away from the polls. These laws are unjust and violate these individuals’ right to vote.
We are writing to ask that you do what you can to set limits on these states’ abilities to restrict residents from voting. It is not fair that thousands of Americans are being stripped from their right to vote.
[Your Name Here]
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