Election Day should be a time to reflect on our country’s hard won history of expanding access to the polls. But on this Election Day, we are faced with a dramatic rollback of that access — a sweeping trend of voter suppression laws that have been introduced and enacted in state legislatures across the nation. During just the 2011 legislative season alone, regressive measures were introduced in more than 30 states, and 14 states advanced measures that would create more barriers to voting.
These laws could keep people like Joy Lieberman, who has faithfully voted in every election since she first registered in 1952, from casting her ballot in the future. Joy’s original birth certificate does not include her middle name, under which she is registered to vote, which will make it difficult for her to prove her identity. She also suffers from a hand tremor that will prevent her from duplicating her signature accurately on a provisional ballot. If a 2012 ballot initiative allows Missouri legislators to enact a voter ID law, Joy could be kept from voting.That bothers me and it bothers me how when you do something like deny that woman the right to vote based on a hand tremor or what have you then you are going too far.
I just believe that every citizen who wants to vote should be allowed to.
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