Know Your Rights at the Polls

May 22nd, 2012 Posted in Voting Rights
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The Justice Department found that Texas's Photo Voter ID law discriminates against minority voters. Spread the word.

Early voting in the Texas primaries began May 14th, and we’ve been hearing from people around the state about the unprecedented level of confusion among voters, media, and even election officials over the Photo Voter ID law that was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011.

Let’s set the record straight! The Photo Voter ID law is NOT in effect, and you can vote in the primary as you always have.

Learn more about your voting rights at the polls.

The Justice Department (DOJ) found that Texas’s Photo Voter ID law discriminates against minority voters, many of whom lack the kinds of ID the law requires. DOJ blocked the law, and although the State of Texas has sued DOJ and challenged the Voting Rights Act, that case is still pending.

Of course, Texas law has always required that voters show some form of ID, and that is still the case for this election. But it doesn’t have to be a photo ID. Your voter registration certificate, for example, is perfectly acceptable!

Know your rights when you go to the polls.

One Response to “Know Your Rights at the Polls”

  1. James Pepper Says:

    The United States National Voter Registration form requires all Spanish speaking people to respond in English. Thsi is used by every state. The State of Texas Voter Registration form online does not work work when you use a screen reader for the blind so the blind are denied the right to vote.

    The national form, when you turn on a screen reader for the blind, ti speaks in English when you are trying to fill out the Spanish language form.

    The form imposes a Literacy Test where you must locate s drawing of an intersection and you must label it and then draw an X to represent your home in relation to that intersection and then draw in buildings and label them. The blind are blind, they cannot see the drawing to draw the map.

    This map has been used to deny the right to vote to Navajo and Hopi Indians because they do not live near a four way intersection so they are denied the right to vote.

    The form is only partially accessible, It requires the blind to own a program that costs $1100 to fill out parts of the form. That is a Poll Tax.

    Four years ago I made the forms accessible to the blind, the VP of the American Association of People with Disabilities presented them to the Elections Assistance Commission which was charged with making the forms accessible to the blind in 2002 by Congress.

    So what are you going to do about this, they are denying the right to vote to 55 million Americans.



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