One of the most charged issues has been voter suppression that aims to rob the vote from communities of color. Across the country, the same lobby corporations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are pushing the racially discriminatory SB 1070 in Arizona and HB 56 in Alabama to chase out their undocumented immigrants are now trying to push voter suppression laws.
Florida is only one example of voter suppression this year. In Florida, a state with a reputation for egregious voter rights violations, they have been pushing ID requirements they know will disproportionately affect Latinos, African Americans, and youth. Other attempts have included using faulty methods to check citizenship to disenfranchise Latino voters, shortening early voting, and pushing a requirement that volunteers registering people turn in registrations in 48 hours, leading to a high school teacher facing thousands in fines for registering her students. This measure chased the League of Women Voters out of the state, who said that it made voter registration drives impossible since registration workers cannot make the deadline. The League estimated that this would discourage 20% of voter registration, to address voter fraud, which, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, occurs .0004% of the time.
It’s a transparent farce, and, luckily for voter drives, the courts have stepped in to block the worst of it, such as the 48 hour law. This won’t stop Republicans and their corporate supporters from trying, however. DREAMers will be leading organizing efforts to take a stand against voter suppression!
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