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Martin Luther King III: Trump agrees the voting system is broken. Here’s how he can fix it.
01/14/17 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

[W]e can agree that every citizen should have the unfettered opportunity to vote. Indeed, my concern is not how people vote, but simply that they vote. ...

Fortunately, President-elect Trump agrees. Throughout the campaign, he consistently reminded the electorate that the system is broken.

Even more fortunately, it is indisputable that nonpartisan, common-sense solutions are available. In 2014, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at the LBJ Presidential Library, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton endorsed my friend Andrew Young’s proposal that all citizens be able to obtain a photo ID card that would meet the voting requirements in every state. Following the event, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly voiced his support for the plan, saying they were “doing the country a service” and declaring, “Let’s get the pictures on the Social Security card, stop the nonsense and be a responsible country.” As Young has said, “The challenge with voter ID laws isn’t the requirement to show ID, it’s that so many people lack ID. That is the problem that needs to be fixed — and not just for voting. In today’s world, you can’t open a bank account without a photo ID — and the only people happy about that are check cashers.” ...

[A]t the end of the day, the right to vote is not a Republican right or a Democratic right — it is an American right. If Trump enables more Americans to exercise that right in future elections, he will be able to say that in no small measure he really did make America great again.
 

Resolution on voter ID could change Nebraska's constitution
01/13/17 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 01:30
Excerpt: 

Because the voter ID law would require a constitutional amendment, the people would need to vote to decide whether it would happen. ...

A News21, a national investigative reporting project, analysis “of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on election day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent.”

If the resolution passes, it will, by law, be placed on the ballot for the general election in 2018. Even if LR 1CA is adopted by the people, the legislature will decide its final form and language, and how the amendment would be implemented.

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2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2016

For more information, visit the Louisiana "GeauxVote" website.

Election Day:

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central time on Election Day.

Early Voting:

Any registered voter can vote early in person. No excuses are necessary. Some voters with certain excuses can vote by mail. Early voting begins 14 to 7 days prior to each election at the Registrar of Voters office.

Check with your parish registrar for information about where to vote early: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Registrar. You can search for early voting sites online at https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting.

Registered voters can vote by mail (“Absentee Voting”) if they can provide a valid reason. The list of valid reasons is available online: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteByMail/Pages/default.aspx. Valid reasons include, but are not limited to (click on link for full list): being 65 years of age or older; being disabled; or your profession or health prohibits you from being able to vote within your parish of registration.

You must first fill out and mail an application to vote absentee to the parish registrar. Applications are available online at http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteByMail/Pages/default.aspx. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the fourth day before Election Day. The registrar will mail the voter an absentee ballot. The ballot is due back to the parish registrar by 4:30 p.m. the day BEFORE Election Day.

How to Find Your Polling Place:

You can find your polling place by checking the “GeauxVote” website (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/). Or you can call your parish registrar (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Registrar).

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Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016. Voters can register in person, by mail, at the Department of Motor Vehicles or at other designated voter registration agencies, or online at  https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/VoterRegistration.

How to Check Your Registration: You can check your registration on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s “GeauxVote” website (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/).

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register to vote in Louisiana, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be an actual bona fide resident of Louisiana;
  • Be at least 17 years old to register, and 18 years old to vote;
  • Not be imprisoned for conviction of a felony; and
  • Not be under a judgment of full interdiction or limited interdiction where your right to vote has been suspended.

How to Register: Virginia residents may register in person, my mail, or online.

Online: You can register to vote online on the GeauxVote website.

By Mail: You can register to vote by mail by downloading a mail-in form from the Louisiana Secretary of State website and mailing it to your parish registrar of voters. The registrar of voters mails a verification mailing card to verify the address you have provided when registering by mail. If you do not receive a mailing from the registrar of voters within two weeks of registering, contact their office.

In person: You can register to vote in person at the following locations:

  • Your local parish registrar of voters;
  • Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles;
  • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services;
  • WIC offices;
  • food stamp offices;
  • Medicaid offices;
  • offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices; or
  • Armed Forces recruitment offices.

Identification Required for Registration: If you have a Louisiana driver’s license or special identification card, you must provide that ID number, on your registration. Otherwise, you must provide at least the last four digits of your social security number.

If you are registering for the first time by mail, and you don’t have a driver’s license, special identification card, or social security number, you should attach one of the following documents, in order to avoid additional identification requirements for first time voters:

a)      A copy of a current and valid photo identification; or

b)      A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

If You Want to Vote Early by In-Person Absentee Ballot: All registered voters can vote early in person. You don’t need to provide an excuse to vote early in person.

Early voting occurs 14 to 7 days prior to each election at the Registrar of Voters office. Voters should check with their parish registrar for information about where to vote early: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Registrar. Or you can search for early voting sites online at https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting.

If You Want to Vote Absentee by Mail: You can vote absentee by mail if you are able to provide a valid reason. The list of valid reasons is available online: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteByMail/Pages/default.aspx. Valid reasons include - but are not limited to (click on link for full list): being 65 years of age or older; being disabled; or your profession or health prohibits you from being able to vote within your parish of registration. Voters must first fill out and mail an application to vote absentee to the parish registrar. Applications are available online at http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteByMail/Pages/default.aspx. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the fourth day before Election Day. The registrar will mail the voter an absentee ballot. The ballot is due back to the parish registrar by 4:30 p.m. the day BEFORE Election Day.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot: Louisiana voters may present a valid form of photo identification. If the voter does not have the required ID, you can complete and sign an affidavit which includes your date of birth and mother’s maiden name.

If you cast a ballot without an ID, but instead by affidavit of identity, your vote may be susceptible to a challenge.

Valid forms of identification include:

  • Valid Louisiana Driver’s License;
  • Valid Louisiana special identification card; or
  • Other generally recognized picture identification card that contains the voter’s name and signature.

VoteRiders has created Louisiana voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving within the Same Precinct

Go to your regular polling location. You should ask for, and fill out, an address confirmation card. You can cast a regular ballot.

Moving within the Same Parish

You can still vote a regular ballot at your old polling place by regular ballot. You should ask for, and fill out, an address confirmation card; this change will take effect after the general election. If you appear on the “inactive voter list,” you may need to complete an address confirmation card which affirms your new address.

Moving Between Parishes

You can still vote at his/her old polling place by regular ballot, provided that the voter moved within the last three months. You should ask for, and fill out, an address confirmation card; this change will take effect after the general election. If you appear on the “inactive voter list,” you may need to complete an address confirmation card which affirms your new address and that you moved within the last three months. 

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) Louisiana-specific FPCA webpage. Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.

If you have completed your sentence and had your registration reinstated, you can vote. Individuals who are currently “under an order of imprisonment” for a felony conviction may not vote (which includes individuals on parole or probation, or serving a suspended sentence).

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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