Protect Voting Rights by Providing Free Identification Cards

Target: United States House of Representatives

Goal: Protect voting rights by requiring states with voter identification laws to provide identification free of charge.

A proposed bill would help protect voting rights threatened by states that have passed laws requiring voters to present photo identification to be eligible to vote. The Voter ID Accessibility Act of 2012 would require that states that have voter identification laws to offer photo identification free of charge. Voter registration laws threaten to disenfranchise millions of Americans. An estimated 12% of eligible voters across America lack photo identification and thus would be ineligible to vote if they live in a state that requires voter identification. In Wisconsin, one of the states with a voter identification law, over 250,000 residents do not have photo identification. Individuals that lack photo identification are more likely to be students, seniors, minorities and of low socioeconomic status, those least likely to be able to easily obtain photo identification.

Multiple obstacles exist for those individuals who wish to obtain photo identification to be able to vote. The requirements for photo identification generally include presentation of primary identification such as a birth certificate. For those that do not have a copy of their birth certificate it can cost $25 or more depending on the state. Additionally it may be difficult for individuals to get to agencies that provide government issued identification due to long travel distances, lack of transportation, and inconvenient hours of operation. There is also a fee that needs to be paid in order to receive photo identification. The Voter ID Accessibility Act of 2012 would at least eliminate the fee for the photo identification. Therefore the bill would mitigate one the difficulties associated with obtaining a photo identification card and thus result is more people being able to vote.

By signing the petition below you will help urge the United States House of Representatives to protect voting rights by supporting a bill that would eliminate fees for photo identification cards in states that require voters to present photo identification.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States House of Representatives,

The Voting ID Accessibility Act of 2012 would eliminate fees for photo identification in states that have passed laws that require voters to present photo identification. The bill would make it easier for citizens to obtain photo identification and thus be able to vote. An estimated 12% of Americans that are eligible to vote currently do not have photo identification. Therefore millions of eligible voters will not be able to vote in the seven states that require photo identification. These voters are most likely to be students, seniors, minorities and those of low socioeconomic status. Voter identification laws are an attempt to disenfranchise these voters.

Eliminating fees to obtain photo identification cards is an important step to mitigate the effects of voter identification laws. There are other obstacles to obtaining photo identification cards such as transportation to agencies that provide photo identification and inconvenient hours at those agencies. Voting is a right and it should not be taken away due to inability to obtain a photo identification.

I urge you to support the Voter ID Accessibility Act of 2012 to protect the right of citizens to vote.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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