NAACP to prep voters

August 7, 2008
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The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund is sending attorneys to 10 states before the fall election to address voting barriers, according to the National Law Journal. Surprise, surprise, Indiana is one of those 10 states.

I’d wager the NAACP’s interest in our state has something to do with our recently upheld voter ID law and the confusion that still surrounds it. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld our voter ID law this spring, which requires voters produce photo identification before casting a ballot. Some people argued they were denied their right to vote in the May primary because even though they didn’t have the proper identification, they weren’t allowed to cast a provisional ballot.

The “Prepared to Vote” program will raise voter awareness of obstacles in the electoral process that may affect their right to vote. The non-partisan program wants to ensure everyone who is eligible to vote will be able to in the election. The group’s set up a Web site, http://www.preparedtovote.org, detailing more about the group’s work and state-specific information.

In Indiana, the group is working with the Indiana NAACP, Marion County Bar Association, and the James R. Kimbrough Bar Association in northern Indiana to educate Hoosier voters.

Turnout could be higher than normal with this presidential election. Even though Indiana’s voter ID law has been in place for three years, some people still don’t understand they need to have government-issued photo identification with them to vote. This group’s goal is a welcome step to making sure all Indiana residents who are eligible to vote know what they need to do in order to vote this fall. Who knows, Indiana may play an important role in determining who wins this year’s presidential election.
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