Thursday, September 20, 2007


Dear Voter:
It's the eve of a national election. Your phone rings. A voice on the other end informs you that your polling place has been changed. Oh, and if you show up to vote, you'll be arrested.

If this sounds like a bad dream, think again. In 2006, this particular example of voter harassment really occurred - along with countless other acts of deception and intimidation across the country.

Now, we have a chance to STOP the injustice and protect democracy, as the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act heads to the Senate floor for a vote.

OUR SENATORS MUST HEAR FROM YOU TODAY! Help us ensure the bill's swift passage - so it's sent to President Bush's desk in time for next year's critical elections.

Click here to sign the petition urging your Senators to support fair elections!

The Deceptive Practices bill is a key step towards ensuring every eligible American voter has the opportunity to cast a meaningful ballot.

During the past few election cycles we've received countless examples - from more than 30 states - of nefarious tactics used to prevent low-income and minority voters from exercising their right to vote.

We cannot let injustices like these happen again:
  • Bogus flyers in Milwaukee telling people they can't vote if they didn't pay their parking tickets.
  • Reports of armed gunmen in Arizona intimidating, mocking and misinforming voters in heavily Latino precincts.
  • A poll worker in Pennsylvania pulling a Spanish-speaking voter's ballot from the machine and telling her it was his job to make sure she didn't vote.
When you sign the petition to your Senators, you make sure the Deceptive Practices bill doesn't lose momentum. In the coming weeks, Congress will be focused on Iraq - but they need to be reminded: we must protect our democracy, as well.

Don't wait to make your voice heard. Urge swift action for a fair 2008 election.

The National Campaign for Fair Elections is doing everything in our power to ensure that this bill makes it to the Senate floor - and passes. We'll continue working closely with key allies like Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) - and we'll keep you updated, every step of the way.

Thank you for your help. Together, we'll stop voter intimidation and deception - before the 2008 elections.
Jonah Goldman
Director, National Campaign for Fair Elections
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

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