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Protect Voters’ Rights

22 May 2012 No Comment

Your immediate action can help protect voters’ rights.
This past week, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the implementation bill for the controversial Voter ID constitutional amendment passed last November. Supported by white voters, and strongly opposed by MIRA and African American voters, it is simply a tool for minority voter suppression. Combined with the Redistricting Plan that passed at the end of the Legislative Session, many Mississippi voters’ rights are now at risk.

MIRA is spearheading a campaign in defense of minority voters. Because of Mississippi’s history as a state that violates minority voter rights, it is required to pre-clear with the US Department of Justice any legislation pertaining to voting rights. As a result, MIRA and its allies have the opportunity to make appeals the DOJ, urging them not to pre-clear either Voter ID or the Redistricting Plan.

Here’s where you come in: We need individuals across the state to join us in protesting this legislation. We’ve been given 60 days (from the date of signing) to contact the Department of Justice and make our case. We are in the middle of an extensive letter-writing campaign, to communicate to the DOJ messages opposing the implementation of this new constitutional amendment.

Will you join us in speaking out against legislation that will make it difficult or impossible for African Americans, immigrants, and the elderly to cast their votes? We’re even providing a sample letter that you can simply print out, sign, and drop in the mail if you like.

Click this link to download a copy of the letter that you can send. And contact us if you’re interested in more ways of helping end voter rights suppression.

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