Discouraging people from voting — by passing laws designed to keep certain voters away — is as cynical and underhanded as it gets. But that is exactly what's happening in the 18 states that either passed or threatened to pass restrictive voter ID bills this session. This targeted wave of legislation could block the votes of more than 21 million Americans.
But in some states, if Attorney General Holder determines that these laws violate the Voting Rights Act, he can deny the approval needed before they can take effect.
Urge Attorney General Holder to uphold the Voting Rights Act and take a strong stand against outrageous targeted efforts at voter suppression.
The ACLU is opposed to any form of voter ID (again, emphasis mine)— its application can be used to arbitrarily keep certain populations away from the polls. In Texas, for example, the new law accepts concealed handgun certificates as proof of identification, but not student IDs. (Maybe because anyone with a computer and access to a laminating machine can produce one?)
Tens of thousands of ACLU supporters — people deeply offended by this outright attack on the right to vote — have already taken action by writing to the attorney general. But we need to keep the pressure on, and you can help do that by adding your name today.