Target: Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa
Goal: Don’t strip lifetime voting rights of citizens convicted of non-violent felonies
In 2011, Ms. Kelli Jo Griffin was arrested for something that should never be a crime for any U.S. citizen: voting. Ms. Griffin was convicted of a non-violent drug-related offense in 2008, but was assured that once her probation was served, her right to vote would be given back to her. Unbeknownst to her, in 2008, Iowa governor Terry Branstad signed a law into effect that stripped all citizens convicted of a felony of their voting rights for life, resulting in Ms. Griffin being arrested for voter fraud, a crime she didn’t commit. Ms. Griffin was acquitted of the charges against her in 2011, but not before a long and trying court battle. This exclusive law must be repealed in order to protect the personal freedom and rights of all people.
Many voter restriction laws have begun to pop up around the country in an attempt by some to ensure victory for one given party. Some of these laws limit when and how people are allowed to vote, some require specific time frames for voter registration, and some of them require special identification that is not widely held. All people must be free to vote in fair elections or the many sacrifices of those that came before us to earn those voting rights have been in vain.
Voter restriction laws are unconstitutional and sully the very notion of democracy. This law must be overturned immediately in order to protect the rights of all voters and ensure that the voting process remains viable. With your support, there is a real chance to set a precedent that could extend to other restrictive voting laws around the nation. Please sign below to be a part of this important campaign against the subversion of democracy.
Dear Governor Branstad,
A law that you signed into effect in 2011 that strips citizens convicted of felonies of their voting rights is not only upsetting, it is unconstitutional. To prevent any person from voting in free and fair elections goes against the very nature of democracy that the United States was founded upon. For this reason, I demand that you repeal the law in question and stop using taxpayer funds to prosecute people for something that should never have been a crime in the first place.This law has already done real and serious harm to people within your own state and threatens to spread to others in the form of a precedent.
Voter restriction laws are a threat to our democracy and are well known to target certain demographics. To prevent people from participating in elections is to show disrespect to all of the people that fought and dedicated themselves to suffrage. Please see to correcting this flaw in our democracy and once again create a fair society.
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