Target: Ohio Governor John Kasich
Goal: Don’t force people to pay for the right to vote.
Ohioans looking to exercise their sovereign right to vote will soon have to pay for the ability to do so if legislation being considered by Republican lawmakers becomes official. This is in direct violation of the Constitution and will disproportionately impact low income and racial minority voters. Demand that this proposal never become law.
Even though less that 0.005 percent of all votes cast in Ohio elections are fraudulent, state Republican lawmakers are on a war path to end what they say is an existential threat to American democracy. Their flagship proposal in this campaign is a voter ID law.
Voter ID laws are inherently problematic on their own, but this one being discussed in Ohio goes above and beyond that by mandating that all Ohioans wishing to vote who do not have a government-issue ID buy one at the personal cost of $8.50. This is, in effect, a poll tax. These lawmakers seem to have forgotten that the Constitution expressly forbids the imposition of such taxes.
It’s no surprise that Republicans are trying to institute voter ID requirements and poll taxes to combat the problem of “voter fraud” in Ohio when all indications say that the problem doesn’t even exist—such laws disproportionately impact Americans who tend to vote Democratic. Sign the petition below to demand that Ohio Governor John Kasich veto this bill so that it can never destroy the rights of Ohioan voters.
Dear Governor Kasich,
I am writing you today about House Bill 189, a proposal that will in all likelihood arrive on your desk in the very near future from your state’s Republican legislature. I wanted to take the time to tell you that you should veto this destructive bill without a second thought.
House Bill 189 is a voter ID law designed to combat voter fraud in your state. The problem is that, according to your own Secretary of State, there is no voter fraud taking place in your state to combat. Why was this bill introduced in the first place? In order to make it more difficult for low income, young, and minority Ohioans, who tend to lean Democratic, to be able to vote.
The law would do this by implementing what amounts to a poll tax—something blatantly illegal—on voters. Ohioans who do not have a valid government ID to show at the voting booth would be forced to purchase one for $8.50 to be able to exercise their right to vote.
This shamelessly illegal voting obstacle that was once used to bar Americans of color from voting will, if House Bill 189 becomes law, once again be used in your state to stop Americans from voting. This cannot be allowed to happen. I demand that you veto this bill when it arrives on your desk so that it can never be used to disenfranchise Ohioans.
[Your Name Here]
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