The following is a letter that you can print and send to your state Democratic Representatives. Tell them to take immediate action to eliminate Voter ID restrictions and end voter suppression by 2018.
21 million eligible voters — the majority of whom are people of color, poor people, people living with disabilities and the elderly — were unable to cast a vote in the 2016 Elections as a result of voter ID restrictions. 21 million. These restrictions are in clear violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, the 14th Amendment and the Equal Protection clause, yet unchallenged, they have been allowed to spread to 34 states.
Equally concerning is that they have been diffused by Kris Kobach, the Republican Party and the hate group FAIR (the Federation on American Immigration reform) — all of whom openly work in support of implementing these restrictions at the state and national levels. Their collective efforts have been so successful, in fact, the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, led by Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, is making progress towards ensuring Voter ID restrictions are taken nationwide in time for the 2018 midterm elections.
The Constitutional right to vote is fundamental to the core of Democracy in the United States. A revolution, a Civil War and a Civil Rights movement have been waged to secure and protect this right; and it is the responsibility of the Democratic Party to protect this right from the aggressive attacks of the Republican Party and the Trump Administration.
Democratic Party must take a firm, active and immediate stand against the deprivation of the Constitutional right to vote. As such, the Strategic Institute of Intersectional Policy is requesting that the Democratic Party and its Congressional Representatives take immediate action to repeal Voter ID restrictions nationwide and in their own states by:
1. Using Democratic Resources and legal teams to flood the lower federal courts with lawsuits geared at ensuring Voter ID laws are struck down for violations of the 14th Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause, and the Voting Rights Act in every state.
These suits must very intentionally apply the Harper Balancing Test which is designed to specifically ensure federal rights are upheld over state’s rights, NOT the Anderson Balancing Test which is improperly being used by the Republican party to falsely claim state’s rights trump federal rights.
2. Immediately propose legislation to repeal Voter ID laws in states controlled by the Democratic Party.
As the 2018 Midterm Elections approach, we are calling on the leadership, strength, and efforts of the Democratic Party to protect our Constitutional Right to Vote as it is actively being stripped away by the Republican Party. 21 million voters of color, voters with disabilities, elderly voters and poor voters are counting on your immediate action.
Thank you for recognizing the urgency of this matter.
Letter Requesting Democrats to End Voter ID Restrictions by 2018 was originally published in SIIP Campaigns on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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