Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Defend the Vote


Within hours of the Supreme Court's democracy-defying decision in June gutting the Voting Rights Act, multiple states launched efforts to make it harder to vote. Their goal is clear: rigging the 2014 midterms.

There's only one acceptable response to that kind of threat to our democracy -- "We the People" must fight back. Now.
With your help, Common Cause is launching
Defend The Vote, a bold, 365-day election protection campaign to ensure that in 2014 no eligible voter is denied his or her fundamental right to vote. Next Tuesday marks one year until the elections. Let’s make sure we are prepared to do whatever it takes to Defend The Vote.

Step up and help Common Cause Defend The Vote with a donation toward crucial voter protection work ahead of the 2014 midterms.

Common Cause has activists coast-to-coast and chapters in 35 states. We're already witnessing cynical, sweeping efforts to deny eligible citizens their right to be heard:

* In Texas, an outrageous voter ID law previously blocked by the Department of Justice under the VRA has taken effect -- threatening ballot access for women and minorities across the state.

* North Carolina is compounding the damage of dangerous new ID restrictions by closing polling places near minority communities, cutting early voting opportunities in half, slashing weekend voting hours and erecting other barriers to voting.

There no doubt will be countless more attempts to block the vote in the year ahead. Millions of voters will risk losing their voice in our democracy if we're not on high alert -- ready to fight back.

Help fuel our Defend The Vote election protection work every day of the coming year -- and make sure every vote is counted in 2014.

Our democracy relies on a simple principle. The politicians who win the most votes get elected -- not the ones who block the most votes. It's up to you and Common Cause to keep it that way.
Thanks for stepping up,

Robert Reich
and the rest of the team at Common Cause
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