Wondering whether the voter suppression bills that ALEC has pushed will affect your ability to vote? On Wednesday, The Root ran an op-ed by Advancement Project co-director Judith Browne Dianis that's aimed at voters living in states that have passed voter ID laws. These new laws threaten to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters.
Check out the article, learn how to protect your vote this election, and spread the word. Read it all at TheRoot.com. Here's an excerpt:
...If you live in a state where the new state photo-ID restrictions are in effect, here's what you need to know to safeguard your right to vote.
1. Federal law requires first-time voters to present one of many forms of ID before voting. Although certain forms of ID -- such as a utility bill, bank statement or government check -- are sufficient to prove your identity under federal law, they are considered invalid according to state photo-ID laws.
2. You must secure a state-issued photo ID. If your ID is not current (you moved or it expired) or it is from another state, you must get a new one. You will have to provide an official, certified birth certificate and other underlying forms of identification to get one.
3. Everything must match. If there are differences between the names on your birth certificate and other forms of identification because of marriage, a misspelling, a typo or a missing middle name, for example, your birth certificate may not be enough. If you are using a married name, you will also need an official marriage certificate. If you've legally changed your name, you'll need those court records...