Tuesday, September 19, 2006

More Repug Voting Games

From the People for the American Way...

Key Republicans in Congress continue to spend their energy trying to disenfranchise voters – and it’s beyond distressing. Just two months after Congress renewed the Voting Rights Act (VRA), Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) would like to erect new barriers by passing legislation that would specifically disenfranchise minorities and the poor, the very people the VRA was designed to protect.

Rep. Hyde’s so-called “Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006” (H.R. 4844) would require all voters to obtain and show government-issued photo ID that proves their citizenship before they could vote. Since most states do not issue such drivers' licenses or other official IDs, this means voters will have to pay for new types of ID – or get passports. For those who can barely make ends meet, this proposal is little more than a poll tax – especially considering that neither Rep. Hyde nor his allies can conclusively document the “voter fraud” this purports to prevent.

We are writing to you because Rep. Fitzpatrick is one of only a few key members of Congress who have yet to make up their mind – and the vote is close! Please call today and urge a “NO” vote on H.R. 4844.

Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick
Phone: (202) 225-4276

After you call, please let us know how it went with
our online call report form and then forward this message to your friends and ask them to take action.

This is one of the most restrictive voter identification bills we’ve ever seen. An outrageous election-year attempt to give credence to the right-wing myth that undocumented immigrants are fraudulently voting in mass numbers, it places a huge physical and financial burden on voters.

Please take action now and call your representative now. A floor vote on H.R. 4844 is expected tomorrow!

Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick
Phone: (202) 225-4276
I just emailed Fitzpatrick at hq@fitzpatrickforcongress.com...it's definitely worth a shot.

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