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Excluded From Democracy: The Impact of Recent Voting Law Changes

November 24, 2011

“The right to vote and choose our leaders is at the heart of what it means to be American and participate in our democracy. Right now, state legislatures are actively trying to make it harder for certain segments of our citizenry to vote and have their voices heard. By  quickly passing laws requiring photo voter identification that are a solution in search of a problem, state lawmakers are actively ignoring the real problems that plague our voting system and threatening the fundamental right to vote for many eligible voters. In addition to requiring photo voter identification, states are drastically reducing early and absentee voting days, attacking election  day registration, putting onerous restrictions on groups attempting to register voters, and enacting other restrictive measures.”

On November 14, 2011, Barbara Arnwine shared these sentiments and more as she delivered oral and written testimony before the House Democrats’ panel on the impact of recent voter ID laws.  

To view the panel discussion, please click here.

To read Ms. Arnwine’s testimony in full, please click here.  

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