Target: United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch
Goal: Continue the fight against discriminatory voter ID laws.
Voter ID laws effectively prevent certain individuals from voting, despite them being registered, eligible voters. The Texas voter ID law requires that its citizens have photo identification when voting in person. Acceptable forms of identification include a Texas driver’s license, military identification, or passport. This law disproportionately affects African Americans and senior citizens. Twenty-five percent of black eligible voters nationwide have no driver’s license, compared to only eight percent of white eligible voters. Eighteen percent of US senior citizens do not have government issued photo identification. In addition, it is harder for seniors to travel to the government offices where ID is issued, due to decreased physical capabilities. Over 400,000 Texas voters must travel for more than three hours (round trip) to reach these offices.
In 2013 the United States Justice Department sued the state of Texas over its discriminatory voter ID law. If kept in place, this law could prevent over 600,000 registered Texas voters from reaching the poles. The Supreme Court has given the Fifth Circuit a deadline of June 20th to take action on the case.
In order to preserve our fundamental right to vote, we must have equal opportunity to vote. The Texas voter ID law prevents this and thus endangers our democracy. Our 15th amendment states that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
Ask the Justice Department to fight against these discriminatory laws and force Texas to adhere to the constitution. Help preserve our democracy for ourselves and for generations to come.
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
The Texas in-person voter identification requirements must end. They discriminate against minorities and senior citizens, thus compromising our democracy. Every citizen of the United States is guaranteed the right to vote by the 15th amendment. But over 600,000 registered Texas voters could be denied access to the polls, if this law is not corrected. We urge you to continue the fight the Justice Department began with its suit 2013, and devote your full energy to defeating this law as the issue makes its way to the Fifth Circuit.
The citizens most affected by this law are minorities and senior citizens. Acceptable forms of identification under the law include driver’s licenses, military identification, and passports. However, not everyone has this identification. One quarter of black eligible voters have no driver’s licenses. In addition, 18 percent of America’s seniors have no government issued photo ID. In order for citizens to have equal voting rights, as guaranteed by the 15th amendment, they must have equal opportunity to vote. The Texas law prevents minorities and senior citizens from voting, threatening the integrity of the 15th amendment.
Continue to challenge this discriminatory law and uphold the constitutional equality that stands as a cornerstone of our elections and our nation.
[Your Name Here]
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