The right to vote is the cornerstone of our American democracy. Our nation was founded on the principle of self-government, meaning that the people collectively make the decisions that control our lives.
In Wisconsin, the Republican-controlled legislature recently passed a voter ID law that would disenfranchise as many as 300,000 registered and active voters. Fortunately it was declared unconstitutional.
In North Carolina they passed legislation eliminating longstanding, same-day voter registration and moved voting locations "off campus" at Appalachian State.
In Tennessee they changed the law to make student ID's "insufficient identification for voting."
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Republicans in Ohio put up billboards in African American neighborhoods warning of imprisonment for voter fraud.
Texas has passed laws that require expensive and often unattainable proof-of-citizenship, thereby disenfranchising as many as 600,000 of its citizens.
Republicans in several states, including Florida, have used "caging" (declared illegal under the Voting Rights Act) to purge citizens from the rolls of registered voters.
In several states, including Florida, they obstructed voter registration drives by tacking on artificial time lines and other requirements with stiff legal penalties for non-compliance.
Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican Legislature have decreased the number of days and hours for early voting in Florida.
Michael Bennett, Supervisor of Elections in Manatee County, consolidated voting precincts in lower income areas of Bradenton, making it confusing and more difficult for those voters to get to the polls.
In all of these instances Republicans are taking away the right to vote from American citizens. This cannot be tolerated. Claims of voter fraud are a myth.
Democrats are not doing this, only Republicans. Our only logical response must be to stop electing Republicans until we can make the right to vote secure for ALL Americans. Vote Democratic.