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The Voter Empowerment Act

H.R. 12: Voter Empowerment Act of 2013

Summary: To modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes. (More Info)

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National Education Association (NEA) 31,855 Facebook fans 69,804 Twitter followers

June 25, 2013

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association (NEA), we urge you to support and co-sponsor the Voter Empowerment Act of 2013 (H.R. 12) by Representative John Lewis (D-GA). This legislation is more important than ever following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down a core element of the Voting Rights Act, our nation’s most successful civil rights law.

NEA believes the right to vote, and to have one’s vote counted, is the most basic tenet of a ...

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 77,117 Facebook fans 40,661 Twitter followers

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People—Hilary O. Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and the Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy:

“Since our inception in 1909, the NAACP has fought for equality in voting rights. We believe that voting is the most fundamental civil right, and should be readily available to all Americans, regardless of their age, income, race, ethnicity, gender, employment status, physical disability, where they live, or other differences. For that reason, we strongly support the Voter Empowerment Act.”

Source: http://www.democrat...%20of%20Support.pdf

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Rock the Vote 45,880 Twitter followers

Rock the Vote – Heather Smith, President:

The Voter Empowerment Act is a positive step toward ensuring that every person who is eligible to cast a ballot is able to do so... If the strength of our democracy can be measured by the participation of our citizens, then barriers being placed on young people pose a serious threat to the long-term future of our democratic system. The Voter Empowerment Act is a great step toward a more modern election system that meets the needs of today's voters.”

Source: http://www.democrat...%20of%20Support.pdf

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Common Cause 40,223 Facebook fans 11,159 Twitter followers

What is the Voter Empowerment Act?

The Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 12, S. 123) is an omnibus bill that would improve American elections in a number of ways. The Act would:

Modernize voter registration and move us toward a system in which nearly every eligible voter is on the rolls and able to vote.

Protect against many of the tactics that have been used to suppress the vote, including partisan challenges of someoneʼs voter registration status and other deceptive practices.

Secure our democracy and ensure a smooth voting process by requiring paper trails for voting equipment, ballot audits and ...

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League of Women Voters of the US 32,763 Facebook fans 3,511 Twitter followers

League of Women Voters – Elisabeth MacNamara, National President:

“The Voter Empowerment Act takes important steps to protect voters, including a new system for online voter registration and improvements in the provisional balloting system to ensure that all eligible citizens have their votes counted.”

Source: http://www.democrat...%20of%20Support.pdf

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Brennan Center for Justice 19,022 Facebook fans 8,811 Twitter followers

Brennan Center for Justice – Wendy Weiser, Democracy Program Director:

“Our nation’s ramshackle voter registration system does not work for 21st century America. No matter your political party, we can all agree that every eligible American should have the opportunity to vote. Modernizing voter registration is something everyone can get behind. It is an innovative reform that could add more than 50 million eligible citizens to the rolls, permanently. We are pleased that House members included this vital proposal in their new voting bill.”

Source: http://www.democrat...%20of%20Support.pdf

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 10,426 Facebook fans 8,659 Twitter followers

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – Wade Henderson, President and CEO:

“The Voter Empowerment Act is a comprehensive plan to strengthen elections, combat voter exclusion, and expand voter participation. We applaud the bill’s sponsors and urge the House to give it serious consideration as soon as possible.”

Source: http://www.democrat...%20of%20Support.pdf

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American Association of People With Disabilities 9,365 Twitter followers

American Association of People with Disabilities – Mark Perriello, President and CEO:

“We support the goals of the Voter Empowerment Act, which is intended to protect millions of Americans from disenfranchisement. AAPD looks forward to working with members of Congress to safeguard the right to vote.”

Source: http://www.democrat...%20of%20Support.pdf

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Asian American Justice Center 2,103 Facebook fans 3,814 Twitter followers

Asian American Justice Center-- Mee Moua, President and Executive Director:

“The Voter Empowerment Act is a strong starting point for our discussion on moving our country forward and re-establishing the United States as a model for other democracies around the world.”

Source: http://www.democrat...%20of%20Support.pdf

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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 2,391 Facebook fans 3,103 Twitter followers

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

“The Lawyers’ Committee applauds the House Democratic Leadership for taking responsibility and introducing legislation that makes voting free, fair and accessible for all, as the President has urged. Such reform is critical to ensuring no American is improperly turned away at the polling place.”

Source: http://www.democrat...%20of%20Support.pdf

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Project Vote 2,088 Twitter followers

Project Vote – Michael Slater, Executive Director:

“The goals of the Voter Empowerment Act are to provide more access to the ballot, to protect the integrity of voting systems, and to ensure accountability in elections. Project Vote supports measures that make voting more accessible and convenient, and which bring down barriers to voting for eligible Americans.”

Source: http://www.democrat...%20of%20Support.pdf

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Association of Americans Resident Overseas (AARO) 213 Facebook fans 205 Twitter followers

There is still room for improvement for overseas voters:

According to the 2012 post-election survey conducted by the Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF), the overseas voting process was clearly improved in the first full federal election since passage of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act of 2009.

An article by Brian Knowlton in the New York Times shows that while a little over 20% of UOCAVA* voters were still unable to vote due to ballots that were late or not received, increased use of technology by both voters and elections officials did make the difference for many voters. More ...

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Dēmos: A Network for Ideas & Action

Demos – Brenda Wright, Vice President of Legal Strategies:

“Demos salutes the introduction of legislation today that aims to ensure that all eligible citizens can register and vote. The Voter Empowerment Act seeks to provide more access to the ballot, more efficiency in our election systems, and more accountability in our elections. Demos particularly supports the goal of modernizing our voter registration system, including by ensuring that voters can correct any problems with their registration on Election Day itself – a reform already adopted by eleven states and the District of Columbia that is proven to increase voter turnout. Modernizing our voter ...

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