Donate and Say “No” to a 21st Century Poll Tax
Earlier this year the Tennessee state legislature passed a law requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote. This new law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2012, is nothing more than a 21st century poll tax on seniors, the disabled, the working poor, and rural voters. Last week we saw the real life consequences of this new law when Dorothy Cooper, a 96-year-old retired domestic worker born before women were granted the right to vote, was denied a photo ID because she didn’t have her marriage certificate. (Read Mrs. Cooper’s story here).
Tennessee Citizen Action on MSNBC
Click here to watch Mrs. Dorothy Cooper of Chattanooga tell her story, and Judith Browne-Dianis (co-director of the Advancement Project) and I explain how those affected are taking action to win back their voting rights, on MSNBC’s Politics Nation.
Tennessee Citizen Action, in coalition with other groups and organizations, has launched a petition drive to demand that the legislature repeal this law which strikes at the core of our democracy. We need your financial support to ensure that we can take this petition to every corner of our state and get the signatures needed to send a message to the legislature that voter suppression in Tennessee WILL NOT STAND.
Please donate now so that the granddaughter of an African-American woman who voted for the first time in 1968, now 50 years later will enjoy the same right even though she doesn’t drive.
Please donate now so that the 230,000 Tennessee senior citizens whose driver’s licenses do not have their pictures on them will not have, in addition to limited mobility, eyesight, and income, a new burden to bear.
Please donate now so that the single parent working 2 or 3 jobs just to pay bills and feed their children won’t have to take unpaid time off from work to stand in line at the Driver Services Center for hours and hours.
Preserving access to the ballot box is key to preserving the fundamental principles on which this country was founded. Please help us in our work to repeal the Photo ID to Vote law. Thank you.
P.S. If you haven’t seen the petition, you can view it online.