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We Must Protect Voting Rights

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The new laws requiring US citizens to produce photo IDs at the poll are designed to deprive elderly and minority citizens of the precious right to cast their vote. These regressive laws are themselves the most dangerous voter fraud threatening American democracy.

I would like to direct you to two key non-partisan organizations which may be able to help you protect your own right to vote or who can direct you in how you can help protect the endangered rights of others. There is a great need for concerned activist assistance.

LAWYERS' COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW:

If you have questions about this matter or if you need assistance in exercising your right to vote, dial the Election Protection Hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) to receive live assistance.

If you wish to volunteer for activities assisting in the urgent effort to protect our hard-won voting rights, access comprehensive voting news, rules and regulations, and download the dynamic Election Protection Smartphone App, please visit their website http://www.866ourvote.org

THE BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE AT NYU SCHOOL OF LAW

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive information about these new laws, and how they may affect students, minorities, seniors and the poor. The Center also provides a student voting guide to help navigate the patchwork of laws from state to state. To get more information and to learn how to protect your right to vote, please visit www.brennancenter.org. You can call the Center directly at 646-292-8310 for additional assistance; please ask for Kimberly Lubrano. For media inquiries on these matters, please contact Jeanine Plant-Chirlin at jeanine.plant-chirlin@nyu.edu or Erik Opsal at erik.opsal@nyu.edu.

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