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Friday, June 23, 2006

Our Democracy Is Being Undermined Step By Step

When one voter anywhere is deprived of the equal right to vote, without correction, democracy for all Americans is threatened--

What is going on right now in Ohio is threatening the democratic rights of all US citizens.

According to ColorOfChange.org, Kenneth Blackwell--Ohio's Secretary of State--is once again trying to manipulate the election in favor of the Republican party by creating ridiculous new rules that will suppress the vote in Black and low-income communities. Please join us in fighting this attack on minority voting rights by sending your message here:

In the 2000 and 2004 elections, Republicans relentlessly attacked the voting rights of Black people. Their dirty politics undermined one of our most precious and hard-won rights, but they also helped the Republicans win the White House--twice--so we know they won't stop suppressing our votes without a fight.

Now, the fight's on in Ohio, where Kenneth Blackwell has created ridiculous new voter registration rules that make it virtually impossible for non-profit and faith-based groups to register voters.

What's unfolding in Ohio is not a localized case of a policy that happens to be bad for Black and poor voters. It's part of a coordinated, nation-wide strategy by Republicans to keep people from exercising their right to vote. If Blackwell gets his way, Ohio will suppress the votes of tens of thousands of Black and low-income voters and set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country.

On June 26th--this coming Monday--the Ohio Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) will consider Blackwell's new rules, and it has the opportunity to reject them. Please join us in calling on JCARR to stop this anti-democratic scheme in its tracks.

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