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Your Right to Vote is Under Attack!

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Moyers & CompanyPennsylvania’s next General Election is on Tuesday, November 4th. Unfortunately, the right to vote is under attack in our Commonwealth and across the country. Many state legislatures, including Pennsylvania, have moved to try to restrict voting and make it harder for people to cast their ballots. This e-mail has a collection of important articles about this assault on our democracy and what you can do to fight back.

The most common form of the attack on voting comes in the form of so-called “Voter ID” laws, which was passed in Pennsylvania. This is legislation that requires voters to have a driver’s license or other government-issued ID. Many low-income and/or elderly voters lack the paperwork necessary for getting such an ID and could be unjustly blocked from voting. Thankfully, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down our state’s version of the law and it will not be in effect in the next election. Voter ID is being used in several other states.

However, the attacks on voting go beyond “Voter ID” laws. Election officials in Florida and Ohio have conducted purges of state voter lists. North Carolina moved early voting away from colleges and universities to make it harder for younger people to vote. And big corporations continue to pour money into elections and have an outsized impact on the political process.

Please read the information below and share it with your friends, family, and co-workers. Together, we can fight back against the war on voting. Thank you.

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mapEverything You Need to Know to Vote in the 2014 Elections

This article provides important information about voting in the upcoming election. It includes when you can vote, where you can vote, and what you need to bring to the polls. There are also links to a hotline that can help you if you have any problems voting. Finally, there are links to non-partisan issue pages and candidates.

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US Supreme Court Eviscerates the Voting Rights Act

Investigative journalist Ari Berman takes a look at the current state of the Voting Rights Act. Writing for The Nation, he finds that there are a rising number of restrictions on the right to vote. He also looks at how recent Supreme Court cases have impacted the Voting Rights Act.

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Full Show: The Fight — and the Right — to Vote
Two experts on American elections talk to Bill about the plot to keep citizens away from the ballot box.
Full Show: The Fight — and the Right — to Vote


September 24, 2014: Senator Hughes Comments on the signing of House Bill 1177

Full Show: The Fight—and Right—to Vote

Finally, check out the full video of journalist Bill Moyers interviewing a top official from the NAACP and a reporter from The Nation about ongoing attempts to put restrictions on voting. Topics discussed include voter ID, voter suppression, and big corporate money in politics.

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10 Reasons Why Democracy May Prevail Despite Voting Restrictions

There is a serious push at the state level to further restrict the right to vote. The most common form are the various draconian Voter ID laws. However, there is hope. A number of states—like Arkansas, Wisconsin, and even Pennsylvania—have all rejected Voter ID in various ways. This article also outlines the various ways advocates for voting rights are pushing back against restrictions.

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Who Gets Caught Up in Voter ID?

SignIn Texas, it was 84-year old Dorothy Card. She did not have the paperwork to get suitable identification to vote under Texas’ new restrictive Voter ID law. As a result, she may not be able to vote in the upcoming election. She is one of thousands of people impacted by the wave of Voter ID laws that are sweeping the country.

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Voter Fraud Vigilantes

The Voter ID laws are being pushed in the name of preventing voter fraud. However, voter fraud is nearly nonexistent. So why the big fuss? This article examines the elected officials, consultants and other operators who are hyping voter fraud to build support for increased voting restrictions.

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Courts, Politicians, Sowing Voter Confusion for Election Day

Voter ID laws and other restrictions on voting have been challenged in court across the nation. Many of these civil rights lawsuits have been successful. Scores of states will not be enforcing Voter ID laws during the next election. However, this hasn’t stopped some officials from sowing confusion about what exactly will be required at the polls to confuse voters.

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“If tomorrow I had the power to set priorities for all women in the state of Pennsylvania, rather than choose just one issue to start with, I would highlight the intersections between all of them. As Audre Lorde said, ‘We don’t live single-issue lives.’ I think it’s rare for any one thing to be the deciding thing in a person’s life; it’s usually multiple things at once.” –Reagen, 32

What Black Women in West Philly Had to Say About Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day was held on August 26th and a reporter named Jasmine Burnett spoke to a group of women from West Philadelphia about what that meant to them. The discussion focused on the civil rights movement and the struggle for the right to vote. You can read the entire thing by clicking on the link below.

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North Carolina Fights to Take Voting Sites Away From Pesky College Kids

North Carolina allows for early voting, but state officials took actions recently that seem to target college voters. The State Board of Elections moved voting locations further from colleges and universities located in-state. Check out this article from the Huffington Post that has the full story.

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Something You Can Do to Fight Corporate Money in Politics

Are you frustrated with the influence that big corporations have over politics? This article provides tools for action for citizens who have had enough. An online petition also calls for faster disclosure of corporate contributions.

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Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

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