Washington, D.C. — The latest voter suppression efforts have translated into an attack against the right to vote across the country. Conservative legislators are introducing and passing legislation that creates new barriers for those registering to vote that shortens the early voting period and imposes new requirements for already-registered voters. But Voter fraud is extremely rare and the real result is that many potential voters will be disenfranchised—among them groups like college students, low-income voters, and minorities.
Efforts to enact these voter restriction laws have not been seen since the era of Jim Crow laws in the South that aimed to disenfranchise blacks after Reconstruction in the 1800s. And right now there is a rapid spread of these proposals seen in states as different as Florida and Wisconsin. In 2011, more than 30 state legislatures considered legislation to make it harder for citizens to vote, with more than a dozen of those states succeeding in passing these bills. Antivoting legislation appears to be continuing unabated so far in 2012.
Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Campus Progress, and Legal Progress to talk about how the right to vote is under attack across the country and to release a new report detailing the ways in which this effort is underway.
WHAT: Press call to discuss how the right to vote is under attack across the country.
James E. Clyburn (D-SC), Congressman and Assistant Democratic Leader
Tom Perriello, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Counselor for Policy to the Center for American Progress
Anne Johnson, Director, Campus Progress
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. EST
(877) 210-8943: Conference ID: 69128073
Please contact Laura Pereyra at 202.741.6258 or email@example.com.
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