During the past few years, several states have passed laws restricting the registration of voters, the time available to cast a ballot, and the type of identification needed to do so. These laws have made it significantly more difficult for students, those with disabilities, minorities and elderly citizens to exercise their most basic constitutional right. The governors and legislators of these states claim these laws were passed to prevent voter fraud and protect election integrity. They also say that identification is required for many purposes other than voting, so it is logical to require voters to show a picture ID at the polls. Critics claim the purpose of these laws is to suppress and discourage certain groups of people from voting. They say extensive studies have proven that voter fraud does not exist. That is, unless one considers 31 fraudulent votes out of the one billion ballots cast since 2000 to be enough justification for voter suppression laws that deny many millions the vote. Studies show that about 11% of all Americans eligible to vote do not have the type of identification these states require. Until 2013, these new photo ID laws were prohibited until our Supreme Court invalidated Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, saying there is no longer a need for the protections of this section. Within days and weeks of its decision, several states passed restrictive voter laws that had been judged illegal before the Courtâ€™s ruling. Advocates say many people donâ€™t drive cars or have a picture ID, and that poll-tax laws make it illegal to force them to get one in order to vote. They claim these undemocratic voter suppression laws are an anathema to our Forefatherâ€™s legacy, saying our efforts should be spent helping Americans vote, not obstructing those who are eligible from doing so.
S.123 & H.R.12 – Voter Empowerment Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current election procedures policy and wish to defeat S.123 & H.R.12
I support requiring each state to make available official public websites for online voter registration; promoting voter registration, such as same day registration and voter registration of individuals under 18 years of age; prohibiting hindering, interfering with, or preventing voter registration; assisting voting for those with disabilities and making grants to eligible states to conduct pilot programs enabling individuals with disabilities to register to vote and vote privately and independently at their own residences including by telephone, and wish to pass S.123 & H.R.12