Open Letter to Governors: Oppose Voter Suppression

New voter ID laws are voter suppression by another name.  The U.S. Department of Justice has deemed that in South Carolina where voting rights are under attack, minority citizens who are already registered lack the IDs required by the new laws and are nearly 20% more likely to be disenfranchised. 

Join us and "Occupy the Vote" TODAY, sign our letter below to state governors to oppose these new laws and veto any bills that pass the legislature!

If We Don't Defend the Vote, We Don't Have a Voice.



National Urban League's Open Letter to Governors: Oppose Voter Suppression

Voter ID laws have grown at an epidemic rate and they have a disproportionately negative impact on minority citizens. It is time to stand up for justice by opposing these egregious laws.  

Kansas and Alabama require eligible voters to provide proof of citizenship before registering. Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia have cut short early voting periods. Florida and Iowa prevented all ex-offenders from the polls, disenfranchising thousands of previously eligible voters. Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Mississippi and Idaho all require voters to produce a government-issued ID before casting ballots.

Requiring IDs to vote is not as innocent as it sounds. A 2006 survey found that 7% of citizens do not have ready access to documents to prove citizenship and 11% of citizens do not have government-issued photo identification.  Black citizens disproportionately lack photo identification – 25% black voting age citizens do not have a current government issued photo ID, compared to 8% of white voting age citizens. Voter ID laws are voter suppression by another name.    

U.S. Department of Justice for the first time since 1994 exercised its powers under the Voting Rights Act to block a voter identification law – in taking this action against South Carolina, DOJ stated that allowing the new voter ID laws would cause “significant racial disparities.” DOJ noted that in South Carolina, using South Carolina’s own analysis, 81,938 minority citizens who are already registered lack the IDs required by the new laws and these voters are nearly 20% more likely be effectively disenfranchised.

We the undersigned urge you as state governors to not support or encourage any efforts in your states to enact these laws and we urge you to veto and repeal any bills that pass the legislatures.

I oppose efforts by states to introduce voter ID and other measures that may have a negative impact on person’s right to vote:

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