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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
TN Legislators Denying Citizens the Right to Vote
From Tennessee Citizen Action:
LEGISLATORS FAIL TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE
Earlier this afternoon, after failing in the Tennessee Senate several weeks ago, the bill to repeal the photo ID to vote law died in the Tennessee House. Following the committee meeting, we released the following statement:
“We’re extremely disappointed that instead of protecting the fundamental right to vote guaranteed us - not once, but twice - by the Tennessee Constitution, Republicans are taking it away,” said Mary Mancini, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, “The idea of ‘voter fraud’ is a fraud and they have repeatedly refused to present evidence to the contrary. Here's what's really going on: Republican politicians all over the country are unnecessarily rewriting our election laws to keep students, people of color, the working poor, and seniors from voting against them. And they're manufacturing a problem to explain it away.
“The right to vote is a fundamental American right. GOP-led barriers to voting are unnecessary and extraordinarily harmful to our democratic process. We've never solved anything in this country with less democracy, and we still can’t.”
The people of Tennessee could use your help this year.
The right to vote and choose our leaders is at the heart of what it means to be an American, but conservatives are working to rewrite our laws so it's harder for students, people of color, the working poor, and seniors to vote. Won't you volunteer to make sure that any Tennessean who wants to can exercise this fundamental freedom come November?