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Why the LWV opposes the anti-democratic HR 4844 for voter IDs

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Here are excerpts of the League of Women Voters' statement regarding HR 4844


We believe that H.R. 4844 would turn back the clock and erect unnecessary barriers to voter participation. Many Americans simply do not have the documentary proof of citizenship and photo ID that would allow them to exercise their right to vote if H.R. 4844 were to become law. ...


In our modern society, where many of us travel by air or bank with credit cards, it is easy to assume that everyone has appropriate ID or can prove their citizenship. But it is a more difficult problem than one might think. For example, older women are substantially less likely to have ID than others, and getting that ID in order to vote could be a major burden. People who were born outside of hospitals are among those who can face problems in getting birth certificates or other proof of citizenship....


For a citizen of voting age, the passport application fee is $55. The security surcharge is $12. The execution fee is $30. The total is $97. For native-born Americans, a certified birth certificate is required, with its accompanying costs.


Under at least one proposal, every voter would be required to prove their citizenship before voting in 2008 - more than 100 million Americans would need to prove their citizenship..


http://www.lwv.org/am/template.cfm?sectionfiltered=home&template=/cm/contentdisplay.cfm&contentid=5904


HR 4844 here


http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d106:h.r.04844

 

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Dorri Steinhoff is a voting activist and a member of CASE-Ohio.

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