Last week, voters won big in Nebraska and Colorado. In both states, the League helped defeat voter photo ID bills that could have kept millions of eligible voters from casting their ballots in the next election.
The League of Women Voters of Nebraska, with coalition partners, helped defeat a bill to require voters to provide a state-issued voter photo ID when voting in-person at the polls. The bill would have impacted an estimated 300,000 registered voters who do not have a current driver’s license or other state-issued ID, including many over-65, low-income, minority and disabled citizens. But, a bipartisan vote left the discriminatory voter photo ID bill dead for this legislative session.
Meanwhile, the League of Women Voters of Colorado helped defeat two proposals to require voter photo ID for voters registering on Election Day or on the days immediately prior. The defeat of the two bills is a clear win for voters and our democracy.
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Even though government-issued voter photo IDs are meant to be free, the fees associated with acquiring them creates a heavy tax on the potential voter, keeping them from the polls. Research consistently shows that voter ID measures inhibit voting access—especially for minority, low-income, women and elderly voters. A new Harvard University study showed that election officials routinely discriminate against minority voters, especially Latinos, in regard to voter ID – including in states without voter identification laws.
The League believes that access to the vote is about equality, not politics. That’s why we’re committed to working at the local, state and national levels to protect voting rights and ensure equal access to the polls. But we wouldn’t be able to do this work without the support of donors like you. Thank you for helping make these victories possible!
Chair, League of Women Voters Education Fund
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