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Will You Be Able to Vote on November 4th?

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The ACLU has asked that this message concerning the precious right to vote be forwarded as widely as possible. Reprinting should be fine under such request. Thank you for your consideration. --Kathryn Smith

Dear ACLU Supporter,

The ACLU is going all out to protect the right to vote, and we need your help getting critical information out.

We're distributing hundreds of thousands of voter empowerment cards in eight different languages to 34 states across the country.

Download voting rights information for your state -- and then, share it with as many people as you can.

     http://www.aclu.org/votingrights/gen/36695res20080909.html"
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Watch this video now, and share it with as many people as possible.

http://www.blog.aclu.org/2008/10/22/always-practice-safe-voting/

Insidious tactics are surfacing all across the country that could suppress the vote -- particularly the votes of newly registered and minority voters. Don't let it happen.

Find out the voting rights in your state, and then forward this to all your friends and family.

The threat that hundreds of thousands of voters will be turned away on Election Day is real.

The ACLU is pulling out all the stops. We're working on cases across the country, lobbying officials at the Justice Department to take action and directly educating hundreds of thousands of voters to make sure this sacred right is protected.

Just this week in Ohio, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Deters launched a voter fraud investigation where there is no specific, credible evidence of fraud. The investigation is looking into voters who took advantage of Ohio's five-day window in which a person may simultaneously register to vote and cast a ballot. These unwarranted fraud scare tactics could have a chilling effect on voter turn out of newly registered voters.

This comes just weeks after the ACLU won a resounding victory guaranteeing the right to vote absentee for newly registered voters. We've got to reach as many people as possible with direct information about their voting rights -- and you can help.

Do you know the voting rights in your state? Find out, and then, forward this to all your friends and family.

The Supreme Court even had to step in to stop unlawful voter suppression tactics when the Ohio Republican Party tried to challenge new registrations based on small inaccuracies in government databases. If this stunt hadn't been blocked, failed matches could have resulted in hundreds of thousands of lawful voters being purged from the rolls, challenged at the polls or required to cast provisional ballots.

Unfortunately, Ohio is just one of many states facing voter suppression tactics.

The New York Times reported that election officials in at least nine states are violating federal law by either improperly using Social Security data to screen newly registered voters or removing thousands of voters after the federal deadline for doing so expired.

Find out the voting rights in your state to ensure you (and your friends and family) aren't turned away on Election Day.

We've got to stay on the alert. Please, do all you can to spread the word.

Thank you for all you do,
Anthony D. Romero
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director
ACLU

 

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