For years, the right wing has tried to stop people of color, young people, and seniors from voting. Now, America’s biggest companies are helping them.
These companies have passed voter ID legislation by funding a right-wing policy group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC’s voter ID bills have passed in seven states and have been introduced in twenty-seven.
Supporters of discriminatory voter ID laws claim they want to cut voter fraud, but fraud almost never occurs. Voter ID laws prevent large numbers of eligible voters from casting a ballot and could disenfranchise up to 5 million people.
ALEC’s voter ID laws are undemocratic, unjust, and part of a longstanding right-wing agenda to weaken the voting blocs that oppose Republican candidates.
Voter ID laws are discriminatory; African-Americans, Latinos, seniors, students, and the poor are less likely to have the photo IDs necessary to vote under these laws.
In many states, it is expensive and time-consuming to secure the proper ID. Even when the ID is free, it often requires supporting documents, like a birth certificate, which cost money. There are already stories of voters who have been eligible to vote for years who are struggling to navigate a bureaucratic maze to vote.
Requiring ID to vote amounts to a modern-day poll tax, and that’s the purpose of voter ID laws.
Some of the companies supporting ALEC may simply be unaware that the group is involved in voter suppression. Others might think that voter suppression will benefit their political interests.
Tell these companies to stop funding ALEC and its attempt to disenfranchise millions of voters. Click below to automatically sign the petition:
Thanks to Sourcewatch: ALEC Corporations.