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.
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.
Director, National Campaign for Fair Elections
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law