In a few weeks the new GOP majority over in Raleigh is hoping to ram through a bill that would spend millions and millions of dollars on a problem that does not exist -- but that does help them block people they don't want voting from going to the polls. Please help us spread the truth about so-called Voter ID Fraud in NC. Free flyer to download after the jump.
Here's the info contained on the flyer and you can download a pdf of it here
Think voter photo ID requirements are harmless? Take a closer look.
Do you have a parent in a rest home or a child in college? How about a friend who cannot drive? These citizens — along with tens of thousands of other North Carolinians — will find it difficult to vote under the rules of a proposed photo ID bill that addresses a problem that does not exist. Only you can stop this costly, unneeded legislation.
The Truth: Voter ID Fraud Is NOT a Problem in North Carolina.
Cases of voter fraud that a photo ID would prevent are extremely rare. In fact, only 18 votes out of the 4.3 million cast in NC in 2008 were by people pretending to be someone else. So why do GOP leaders want to spend millions of our overburdened state budget on requiring people to show a photo ID each and every time they vote? Because it would shut out voters who tend not to support their party, including people of color, students and low-income citizens. This is partisan politics at its worst: undermining democracy and using state dollars to give one political party more power over the other.
Learn the facts about voter photo ID and take action to say NO to this unnecessary legislation.
The Facts About Voter Photo ID:
♦♦ Current laws to stop voter fraud work. It’s already a felony to vote illegally in NC or to lie when you sign in to vote. Poll observers can challenge voters and ID must be shown to register in the first place. The extremely low rates of voter fraud in North Carolina make it clear that these existing laws are effective.
♦♦ This is wasted money for an unnecessary law. A voter photo ID law will cost NC millions of dollars to implement at a time when we face a nearly $4 billion budget shortfall. What will we cut to pay for this law? New job development? Support for small businesses? School teacher positions? Public safety? Services for the elderly? Our state faces gut-wrenching budget decisions and we will have to make a choice.
♦♦ Photo ID laws reduce voter turnout for everyone. A voter photo ID law will create hassles and make lines longer for everyone, lowering turn-out even more.
♦♦ Photo ID laws unfairly affect some groups more than others. The elderly, people of color, students, low income citizens and people with disabilities are all less likely to have a driver’s license and more likely to need transportation to DMV offices to update their official ID each time they move.
♦♦ Hundreds of thousands of NC citizens do not have a photo ID with their current address on it — but they are entitled to vote under the law nonetheless. Why would we take this right away?
Take Action Now! Contact your legislators and tell them to say NO to unneeded voter photo ID laws. Email Governor Perdue at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call her at 1-800-662-7952 and tell her to VETO any voter photo ID bill. Then work with us to educate others about the facts behind this ill-advised idea.
Contact us at (919) 286-6000 for copies of this flyer or to discuss other ways you can help.