Target: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
Goal: Reform voter ID laws that discriminate against voters more likely to vote Democrat.
A case of apparent racial prejudice recently tainted a couple’s voting experience. Rudy Ravindra showed up to his North Carolina polling location excited to fulfill his civil duty and vote. Ravindra’s mood quickly changed from one of excitement to embarrassment. Upon showing his ID, Ravindra had it pulled behind the table and hidden from his view, then was asked to spell his full name. Ravindra looked around at others entering the polling location and realized he was the only one put through this childish measure.
Ravindra left dismayed and was yet again let down by the voting system while when accompanying his wife to vote in a separate location, she was asked to do the same. “That in a sea of white faces at both polling stations my wife and I were the only brown-skinned individuals … led us to believe we were victims of racial prejudice,” Ravindra stated in an essay he wrote about the incident.
Ravindra and his wife are not the only people to be discriminated against in the voter process. This kind of prejudice happens everyday, but this particular incident could not have happened without the state’s voter ID laws. Sign this petition and demand that North Carolina governor Pat McCrory reforms the voter ID laws that lead to this kind of discrimination.
Dear Governor McCrory,
I am writing you today dismayed about an occurrence that happened when North Carolina citizen Rudy Ravindra served his civil duty and voted. Upon showing up to his polling location, Ravindra showed his ID, then had it taken from his view and asked to spell his full name. Ravindra noticed no other voter was being asked to do such a demeaning task and felt victimized and embarrassed that he was being singled out.
As if this single incident was not enough, upon taking his wife to a separate polling location, she also faced the same prejudice. Ravindra has stated his disgust with a prejudiced voting system, speaking out in an essay saying “That in a sea of white faces at both polling stations my wife and I were the only brown-skinned individuals … led us to believe we were victims of racial prejudice.”
I demand you look further into this injustice and reform your voter ID laws so that future voters are not forced to endure this prejudice.
[Your Name Here]
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