Tuesday, July 31, 2012

End support of voter-ID registration rules

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Click below for a sample script and the number to call:
EBay is a major supporter of the American Legislative Exchange Council which is responsible for voter ID legislation that has the potential to disenfranchise up to 5 million voters — especially people of color, young people, and seniors.
Take action now!
CREDO Action | more than a network, a movement.
Dear Jim,
You and more than 150,000 CREDO activists, along with more than 100,000 ColorOfChange members, have called on corporations to stop supporting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because of its role in voter suppression.
Since we started our campaign, we've made a lot of progress. Just this week Walgreens and General Motors became the 29th and 30th corporations to announce that they ended their relationships with ALEC.
But many major corporations are still funding ALEC. EBay is one of them.
Our friends at ColorOfChange contacted the management of eBay to make sure they understood that eBay, through its membership in ALEC, has supported racially-discriminatory voter ID laws that have the potential to disenfranchise over 5 million people in the upcoming elections.
But eBay simply brushed off their concerns.
Now, we need to increase the pressure by calling eBay's headquarters and make sure the corporation gets the message loud and clear that Americans want it to drop its support of ALEC.
EBay is a well-known retail brand. By associating with ALEC, it lends legitimacy to a radical organization that has undermined voting rights and our democracy.
EBay has made a substantial amount of money from consumers who are disenfranchised by voter ID laws — people of color, seniors, and young people.
Supporters of discriminatory voter ID laws claim they want to reduce voter fraud (individuals voting illegally, or voting twice). But such fraud almost never actually occurs, and never in amounts large enough to affect the result of elections. What is clear is that voter ID laws prevent large numbers of eligible voters from casting a ballot, and could disenfranchise up to 5 million people.
ALEC's voter ID laws are undemocratic, unjust and part of a longstanding right wing agenda to weaken the voting blocs that historically oppose Republican candidates. We have to expose the major companies like eBay that have helped ALEC suppress the votes of millions of Americans.
eBay's financial support of ALEC must end. Please join us in calling on eBay to stop supporting ALEC's rightwing agenda.
Call eBay and tell the corporation to stop supporting ALEC and voter suppression. Click below for a sample script and the number to call:
Thank you for standing up to corporate funded attempts at voter suppression.
Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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