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Dear Asafo,

Urge the Justice Department to take a strong stand in defense of voting rights by refusing to clear the way for South Carolina's outrageous effort to suppress the vote.

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This Monday, the Justice Department will make a big decision. And, we need you to act immediately so that it will be a decision that protects voting rights.

The ACLU has been sounding the alarm about a wave of laws passed across the country aimed at throwing roadblocks in the path of people trying to exercise their right to vote. One particularly offensive voter ID law was recently enacted in South Carolina — a state with a history of racial discrimination in voting. That state's voting law changes must be approved by the Department of Justice before they can take effect.

A decision is due on South Carolina's highly discriminatory voter ID law by August 29th. There are 178,000 people — a disproportionate number of them low-income and African-Americans — registered to vote in South Carolina whose right to vote is under threat because they don't have government-issued photo IDs.

Urge Attorney General Holder to enforce the Voting Rights Act and refuse to clear South Carolina's outrageous effort to make it harder for citizens to exercise their right to vote. (Do not forward: This link will open a page with your information already filled in.)

The South Carolina decision will tell us just how aggressively the Department of Justice intends to protect one of our most fundamental freedoms — the right to cast a ballot for the candidates of our choice.

This wave of voter suppression laws is a thinly-disguised effort to shape the electorate for the critically important 2012 elections. Purposely making it harder for some segments of the voting population to cast their vote is a cynical political strategy that can never be tolerated.

In the months ahead, we're going to have to fight in state after state to protect voting rights. But, it all starts with the impending South Carolina decision.

Urge the Justice Department to take a strong stand in defense of voting rights by refusing to clear the way for South Carolina's outrageous effort to suppress the vote.

Remember, this key decision could come at any time in the next few days. So, please urge the Attorney General and the Justice Department to actively protect voting rights today.

Thanks for acting quickly,

Laura W. Murphy

Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office

 

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Africa
Comment by Ngone Aw on August 31, 2011 at 1:18pm

"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."


Africa
Comment by Ngone Aw on August 31, 2011 at 11:12am

 

Wake up and hurry please.....

 

 

 

  


NYMetro
Comment by Beyond Life on August 31, 2011 at 10:09am

Being a one time resident of South Carolina, I can tell you stories of corrupt government and Police there. I know what it is like to be ignorant to the laws and situations that presents its self just for being in certain cities. The child support system in SC, Corrupt, the laws in SC is designed to keep people mind and body in a controlled economic status. This is a form of slavery to me. When the City and state councils have a predetermined concept of the money that is allowed to be made in a state, that is corruption. My thing is, Freedom must be taken by force, we been waiting for a peaceful transition into freedom for over 700 years and it has not happened yet. Why must we got to our slave masters and request something that is not their to give. Being people of color, we have a Divine Right to be free and to be GoDs and Goddess of the Universe for it was written thousands of ears before there was a religious book, a bible or quran. Our problem is, we are afraid of our history and ancient past because someone told us it was evil, or bad. WE have to wake up and set our own systems and standards into order.

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