WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) Tuesday introduced legislation to protect Americans from using tactics that intimidate voters and prevent them from exercising their rights on Election Day.
Obama’s legislation, the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2005, would make it illegal for anyone to knowingly attempt to prevent others from exercising his or her right to vote by providing deceptive information and would require the Attorney General to fully investigate these allegations. The legislation would also require the Attorney General, in conjunction with the Election Assistance Commission, to provide accurate election information when allegations of deceptive practices are confirmed.
“One of our most sacred rights as Americans is the right to make our voice heard at the polls,” said Obama. “But too often, we hear reports of mysterious phone calls and mailers arriving just days before an election that seek to mislead and threaten voters to keep them from the polls. And those who engage in these deceptive and underhanded campaign tactics usually target voters living in minority or low-income neighborhoods. This legislation would ensure that for the first time, these incidents are fully investigated and that those found guilty are punished.”
I got a call today from People for the American Way, asking that we each contact our senators and ask them to support S. 1975, the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2005. Thank you, bless you, Senator Obama. Here’s an opportunity to restore democracy after four elections rife with documented election fraud (please read Greg Palast’s books The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Armed Madhouse if you aren’t up to speed on this). Click here to get your Senators’ contact information. More actions to promote democracy at People for the American Way.