August 17, 2012 (Chicago, IL) - Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and the members of the RainbowPUSH Coalition call on voters to beware of schemes to suppress the vote in the upcoming November 2012 election. The Brennan Center for Justice issued a study this month indicating that approximately 5 million persons eligible to vote will find it difficult to vote as a result of voter identification laws. There are at least 3 swing states that are likely to have the most.
We were recently informed the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to issue an injunction preventing the use of the voter identification legislation passed by the Pennsylvania legislature. According to a study released by the Brennan Center for Justice, the voter suppression legislation enacted in 10 key swing states can have tremendous impact on the 2012 election because of the impact on voters of color, seniors and students in “swing states.”
Philadelphia is the first urban city in Pennsylvania to respond to the voter identification law which polls suggest could disenfranchise thousands of African Americans and Latino voters in this election. The court’s refusal to issue the injunction and places another legal stumbling block causing voters increased difficulty in voting.
Ohio, is engaging in an effort to restrict early voting opportunities by eliminating weekend voting in certain counties (Cuyahoga, Franklin, Summit, and Lucas) which happen to be predominately African American.
Rev. Jackson is urging voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina, and other states with voter identification laws to be proactive in making sure they are:
1) on the voter rolls
2) know when they are scheduled to vote
3) know the location of their respective polling places
Voters who are not sure of their voting status should contact 866OurVote.Org or Call 1.866.OUR-VOTE.
RainbowPUSH urges voters to register now and to vote early. We must not allow anyone to depress our will to vote.