Stop Voter Oppression in November Elections

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Target: Minnesota State Congress

Goal: Stop partisan efforts to restrict voting in Minnesota for the upcoming election

Tom Corbett’s bill to oppress voters recently passed into law last March in Pennsylvania and will prevent thousands of people from voting in the November elections. In five states, Republican-controlled legislature successfully pushed for strict photo identification requirements. In the fall, Minnesota will face this threat as state citizens vote on the same bill. The people affected the most by this law are minorities, low-income families, and the elderly, all groups that show a statistically high propensity to vote democratic.

Despite complaints, bill supporters casually suggest that those without the required identification simply attain it by November. This fix-it response shows that they are unaware of the difficulties many will face in the process. Multiple trips to the State Department of Transportation will be necessary–an obvious hurdle for those with no transportation. In addition to setting aside time to accomplish this task and find a ride, payment is required for new identification. While a small fee would be an insignificant irritant for those who are financially stable, every dollar counts for low-income citizens struggling to provide for themselves and their families. The law will force thousands to forgo their ballot due to the stress of attaining photo identification. This has already become in issue in Pennsylvania and it should not be repeated in any other state.

Please stop the efforts of partisan groups to restrict voting in Minnesota this fall. Voter oppression is an unfair and underhanded attempt to impede on constitutional rights.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minnesota State Congress,

I do not support voter oppression in the United States of America. Requiring citizens to have photo identification makes voting difficult for minority groups, low-income citizens, and the elderly, as they are least likely to carry a photo I.D. These groups are also more likely to vote for a democratic candidate in the fall, and so this bill favors one political party over the other.

Thousands do not currently have photo identification, and any bill requiring ID at the voting booth is a threat to those who would struggle to meet the new requirement by November. The election is not a circus, and citizens of this country should not have to jump through hoops to cast a ballot.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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