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Make Your Voice Heard (Augusta)
February 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us in Augusta on Wednesday, Feb 15, beginning at 9:00am to speak out against:
* LD 121 An Act To Require Photographic Identification to Vote
* LD 155 “An Act To Protect Voting Integrity by Establishing a Residency Verification Requirement for Purposes of Voting”, which places additional restrictions on students who wish to vote in Maine.
There will be a group going from Hancock County, ready to make our voices heard. Please join us in protecting accessibility to voting here in Maine.
From the ACLU:
Millions of Americans Lack ID. 11% of U.S. citizens – or more than 21 million Americans – do not have government-issued photo identification.
Obtaining ID Costs Money. Even if ID is offered for free, voters must incur numerous costs (such as paying for birth certificates) to apply for a government-issued ID.
Underlying documents required to obtain ID cost money, a significant expense for lower-income Americans. The combined cost of document fees, travel expenses and waiting time are estimated to range from $75 to $175. The travel required is often a major burden on people with disabilities, the elderly, or those in rural areas without access to a car or public transportation. In Texas, some people in rural areas must travel approximately 170 miles to reach the nearest ID office.
Voter ID Laws Reduce Voter Turnout. A 2014 GAO study found that strict photo ID laws reduce turnout by 2-3 percentage points, which can translate into tens of thousands of votes lost in a single state.
From an NPR Report after Voter ID laws were struck down in North Carolina last year:
MARTIN: Now, the photo ID requirement is one that gets a lot of attention, but could you tell us more about what made the voting law in North Carolina so noxious to voting rights advocates?
HASEN: Every piece of this law had appeared somewhere else. But nowhere else but North Carolina did we see all of these rules meant to roll back voting and registration embodied in a single law. In the past, states and localities with a history of racial discrimination had to get approval. The Supreme Court in the Shelby County case in 2013 said, no, you don’t need it anymore because racial discrimination is kind of a thing of the past, and so you have to take each case case by case. North Carolina comes in, passes this omnibus bill that makes it harder to register and vote. And that’s what the 4th Circuit struck down in the opinion issued last week.