WHY IT MATTERS
Voter suppression happens in many different ways.
It may come on election day, in the form of arduous ID requirements, or the relocation of a polling place, as happened in Kansas. Some voters face intimidation from people outside the polling place, harassing questions about a voters' qualification to vote, false information about voting requirements, or people posing as election officials or poll workers, discouraging people from voting.
It can come in advance, in the form of manipulating voter registration records, with the state or county intentionally deleting certain types of voters.
It can also come in the form of gerrymandering, which allows the party in power to redraw district maps to their advantage.
All of these actions work to lessen the power of specific voters, usually minority voters.
If you experience any sort of voter suppression, report it to Election Protection
CALLS TO ACTION
April 10, 2020
PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO VOTE
“’Mail-in voting is horrible. It’s corrupt,’ declared President Trump earlier this week. When a reporter asked how he could reconcile that position with the fact that he had personally voted by mail in the last election, Trump replied, ‘Because I’m allowed to.’ This perfectly circular logic — if more voters were permitted to vote by mail, they would also be ‘allowed to’ — seemed not to satisfy him. Trump has refined his view, explaining that casting a ballot by mail is fine for members of the military and senior citizens, but is ‘ripe for fraud’ when used by others.” – New Yorker Magazine
Kansans have early voting and vote-by-mail in place, but Missouri is far behind and SoS Jay Ashcroft is showing no signs of using his power to make voting easier. Contact your members of congress and let them know that you want to protect our nation, and allow vote-by-mail. Not just this year, but for every election. Then call 573-751-3222 to let Ashcroft and Parson know you want no-excuse absentee voting in Missouri in place by the next local elections, June 2 (more here from MO ACLU).
Say No to MO HJR 109
This bill tries to reinstate portions of the law struck down on Jan. 14, 2020. The Missouri Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling, upheld a lower court's decision striking down a state law requiring voters without photo identification to sign affidavits before voting. Missouri voters may now present either photo or non-photo identification at the polls and cast regular ballots without signing affidavits.
BILLS WE ARE WATCHING
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Colors bars to the left of bills indicate IKC support (green) or opposition (red).
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**Data supplied by Bill Track 50**