Melisa Urda, Illinois Ballot Integrity Project's Co-Chair, will report on efforts by her organization and others to prevent voter suppression across the nation.
Discriminatory voting practices, including requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote, were outlawed by the Voting Rights Act of 1964. In recent years, however, several states have enacted laws that will allow for a new discriminatory voting practice.
New state laws will require registered voters to present state identifications in order to cast their ballots. Consequently, a disproportionate number of the elderly, the poor, the young and minorities, many of whom do not have state identifications, will be disenfranchised in the November 2012 election.
Melisa Urda will inform what can be done to help ensure no voter is prevented from casting his or her vote. Those who wish to have open, free, honest and fair elections should hear her story. Please invite your family and friends to attend Melisa's presentation with you.