Voting rights in danger (again)

The Baker/Carter commission released its report of recommendations for voting reform today. From the press release:

Comprised of former Members of Congress, scholars and nonpartisan leaders, the group identified "five pillars" of election reform -- voter registration, voter identification, voting technology, increased access to voting and nonpartisan election administration -- and recommended ways to strengthen them.

The biggest problem with the commission: the recommendation of national voter ID cards being required to vote. John Conyers has come out of his corner again kicking, saying in a statement:
"This would inevitably disenfranchise minority voters and the most vulnerable among us -- those who live in poverty and the elderly. Rather than gathering facts and then developing policy recommendations that follow from those facts, this Commission appeared to have developed its recommendations and simply went through the motions of a fair and deliberative process. At the very first hearing of this Commission, this voter ID proposal was mentioned twenty-two times."

Former senator Tom Daschle added a good two bits as well, likening the ID cards to a "modern day poll tax."

Those responding to the those claims have said that they'll Make Sure they find the poor folk who don't have ID, and give them free IDs to vote with. Riiiiiiiight.

What can you do? Head over to John Conyers' site to sign the congressional letter he's putting together, and to write letters to your local media. Urge your own representatives to prohibit any kind of legislation requiring national identification!

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