Target: Texas Governor Rick Perry
Goal: Condemn Republicans in Texas for passing legislation that prevents women from voting
Republicans in Texas, lead by Governor Rick Perry, have been busy instituting sweeping voter suppression laws that severely restrict the voting rights of particular portions of the population, including the poor, elderly, and minorities. A more recent development has exposed this legislation for not only discriminating against these demographics, but the sneaky and insidious wording will result in voting restriction for 44% of the female population in Texas.
The legislation decrees that as of November 5, 2013, Texas voters must show a photo ID with their current legal name. While that may not seem so outrageous in theory, the maliciousness of the bill lies in the population statistics. Only about 66% of voting age women have access to a photo ID with their married name on it, and when birth certificates somehow don’t satisfy Republican demands, thousands if not millions of women will be denied their right to vote.
Republicans are quickly losing support across this nation for their shifty, underhanded dealings with the American legislative system. Now they are working to deny millions of people the right to perform their duty as American citizens. If the Republicans don’t want poor, minority, and women voters to vote against them during election season, then they should update their policies to support these demographics, not strip them of their civil rights.
Please sign this petition to condemn Governor Rick Perry and Texas Republicans for their insidious attempts to deny the American people of their rights.
Dear Governor Rick Perry and Texas Republicans,
You and your fellow Republicans have recently begun instituting sweeping voter suppression policies throughout Texas. These laws are discriminatory and disproportionately affect the poor, ethnic minorities, and women.
These laws are vague enough in their wording so that you can claim ignorance or even cite some non-existent issue of voter fraud, but do not think for one instant that you are fooling anyone, especially Texas voters. This discriminatory and exclusionary practice has put a stain on our democratic system, and we demand that you rescind these laws immediately or suffer the consequences for an angry public who do not support your exclusive and oppressive practices.
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