Democracy at Stake:
A Nebraska Voting Rights Art Show
The problem with Voter ID laws are that they seem completely logical when you’re first presented with the concept. It goes something like this: “I have to show a photo ID to vote? Well, that makes sense”¦”
But it’s not until you actually look at the issue that it becomes apparent that it doesn’t make sense, and that Voter ID laws disenfranchise a sizable portion of the population. In Nebraska alone, up to 130,000 individuals do not have a valid photo ID. And Voter ID laws only protect against voter impersonation. Of which there have only been 10 documented cases since 2000.
The cost to obtain a valid photo ID is $26.50 – every time you move (or when
it expires). Not only is this cost restrictive, but it is also not an easy process to obtain an ID. It is estimated that over 485,000 Nebraskans lack access to a DMV that is open 5 days a week (not to mention the really inconvenient hours). Because of these restrictions, low income, elderly, and rural Nebraskans are disproportionally affected by voter ID laws.
According to the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the
right of citizens to vote shall not be denied because of a failure to pay any tax. Requiring voters to show an ID that they had to purchase is a tax. And by the 24th Amendment it should be illegal.
The simple fact is that every American has the right to vote. Implementing
Voter ID laws would do next to nothing to stop voter fraud, and could potentially disenfranchise millions of voters.
Please join Nebraskans for Civic Reform at the Oxide office tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30pm for “Democracy at Stake: A Nebraska Voting Rights Art Show.”
Posters from 10 local designers, including Oxide, will be available for purchase to support NCR in their fight against Voter ID laws. We hope to see you there!