Anti-Voting Bill Passes Georgia House

Anti-Voting Bill Passes Georgia House

The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy – but it’s been under attack across the country.

On February 23, 2017, House Bill 268 passed in the Georgia House and is on its way to the Senate. This is a dangerous bill that makes it harder for Georgians from all walks of life to vote. In addition to illegally restricting the types of identification that can be used to register to vote, H.B. 268 also discriminates against election protection and voter information volunteers, and increases the risk of voter intimidation and disenfranchisement.

In Georgia, we can’t stand for that. That’s why the Georgia House Democratic Caucus has announced five new bills this session to reverse the tide and increase access to the polls.

There’s the “Any Precinct Act,” the “Absentee Ballot Access Act,” the “Georgia Voters’ Bill of Rights,” the “Permanent Portable Registration Act,” and the “Timely Process Act.” Share information about these bills with your friends and neighbors.

These commonsense measures need your support, and we must sound the alarm about H.B. 268 as well. Here’s what you can do:

1. Call your state representative and let them know that you support our bills, and call your state senator to let them know you oppose H.B. 268. State your name, zip code, and a reason for your support. Here is a sample conversation:

“Hello. My name is Jane Smith and my zip code is 12345. I am calling to express my opposition to House Bill 268. We should be making it easier for people to head to the polls on Election Day, but this bill only makes it harder. I would also like to express my support for the ‘Any Precinct Act,’ which would make it far easier for me as a commuter to vote on Election Day.”

Find the contact information for your representation here.

2. Write a letter to the editor (LTE) for your local paper. These letters are a short, simple way to publicly endorse a bill. Learn how to write an LTE and see our examples here.

Voting should be simple, and these bills help streamline the process. Thank you for making your voice heard.

Voter Protection

Early voting is underway and Election Day is just around the corner. The Voter Protection Team is here to help answer your questions and concerns about voter ID requirements, your polling location, long lines or any other activity at the polls.

Our phone lines will be answered live and messages will be returned promptly throughout the early voting period and on Election Day.

Washington Post Video

Check out our video done by the Washington Post

The Gwinnett Democrats got some national attention at our booth at the Gwinnett County Fair.   The Washington Post came and we are in their video!

 

Vote From Home

Vote from the comfort of your own home. No more trekking down to the polling place or waiting in line.

What you say? How on earth do I do THAT? Vote from Home? Isn’t that Voter Fraud? Has Internet voting finally arrived?

Not exactly. Folks have been voting from home for a long long time. They simply get an

ABSENTEE BALLOT

When you apply for an absentee ballot, a ballot is sent to your home where you can fill it out and mail it back in. And you can request your absentee ballot up to 180 days prior to an election.

How do you get one? You must complete the application before you can receive your absentee ballot. You can find the form on-line or contact the Voter Registrations and Elections Division at 678.226.7210 to request an application by mail or fax.

Don’t forget your college student!

An absentee ballot is perfect for the college student who is living away from home but still keeps their residence with you. Forward this email to your student and tell them about the absentee ballot. Tell them not to delay filling out the application or the ballot when it arrives. And remind them (gently) to mail the ballot back!

This November’s election is very important and we need a good turn out so we can finally turn Georgia blue.

Get Your Absentee Ballot NOW!

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

VRA 50 Cover

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Possibly the most important piece of civil rights legislation, the Voting Rights Act was enacted to provide protections and challenge discriminatory elections systems—particularly in the South—that harm voters’ ability to cast their ballot.

Because of the Voting Rights Act, America has made great progress toward achieving social justice. But we still have work to do. In Georgia, Republican leaders have passed legislation to reduce early voting and established discriminatory voter ID laws that disproportionately harm seniors, people of color, and low-income voters.

Laws that make voting harder damage our democracy. Rather than create barriers, leaders from both parties should work together to expand access to the polls. Congress needs to act on new proposals to strengthen the Voting Rights Act, and our state legislature needs to eliminate unnecessary hurdles that discourage civic engagement.

Voting is a right, not a privilege. And we are better off as a nation when more voices are heard.

 

Urgent – Early Voting is threatened again!

EARLY VOTING IS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK AGAIN

Call your Representative

The Republicans are at it again. They are trying to cut Early Voting again by 7 days.

Did you know that 44% of all ballots cast in the last presidential election were made early and in person?  If Early Voting is cut, counties will be forced to spend more money to accommodate voters or we will be the national joke with long voting lines, both of which we cannot afford.

What can you do about it?

You can call your State Representative tomorrow morning when the legislature is open for business and tell them you want to keep early voting just like it is now.  You can find the name of your State Representative here, or call the phone number at the top of this message.

 

It’s important that we act nowLet your representative know you support 21 days of early voting.