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When I heard what you said about the Voting Rights Act being a “racial entitlement,” I was shocked. I thought you must not know what’s happening in this country. After learning more this year from the civil rights group, Advancement Project, I know that just as there were for me, there are barriers to voting for many people – especially people who are black or brown. I also know that the Voting Rights Act is a way to protect the votes of communities that still face these problems. I would like to tell you about the struggles I faced in the last election.

During the early voting period in Florida last October, I went to my polling place early in the morning. The line was already very long, and wait times were as high as six hours. I stood for three hours before I started to get shaky on my feet, but no one could assist me unless I made it to the front of the line. In addition, there were no poll workers available who could help me in my native Kreyòl language, despite North Miami’s large Haitian community. I was told to come back later. I left. But I was determined to vote, so I tried again. On my second visit that night, I was happy when I finally cast my ballot. But I was also upset. In this great nation why should anybody have to stand in line for hours, and make two trips, to vote?

Not everybody persevered as I did. I learned later that hundreds of thousands of voters in Florida gave up and went home without voting, and that Black and Latino voters were more likely to face those shamefully long lines and wait times. One reason was a new law that cut the early voting period. Around the country, other new laws were passed that made voting harder in 2012 – but Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act blocked many of them before the election. Section 5 also helps voters in other ways. In the five counties in Florida that are covered, voting help in Spanish and Kreyòl is required because of their large Latino and Haitian populations.

I was born at a time when women were not allowed to vote in Haiti, nor the United States. After becoming a U.S. citizen, I was so proud to have a voice in this country. That is what inspired me to fight last year. But voting should never require such a fight. We need more make sure that all Americans can have their voices heard – we need the Voting Rights Act. Justice Scalia, the Voting Rights Act is not a racial entitlement. It is an important protection that helps all Americans exercise their right to vote. It was put in place because, sadly, there are people in this country who don’t want everyone to have an equal voice at the ballot box.

Equality and the right to vote are the shining lights of American democracy that drew me to these shores, and that right should not be taken away. In fact, it should be made stronger to help more voters who faced obstacles like I did.

102-year-old DESILINE VICTOR, in a letter sent to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; Victor was a guest of President Obama’s during last months State of the Union, during which he addressed voter suppression across the U.S.

"Yes, I am a dick," Scalia probably didn’t say.

(via The Huffington Post)

barackobama:

Hey, Tumblr:
A bunch of states’ voter registration deadlines are coming up soon, so (Tumblr spoilers) we’re going to embed our voter registration widget in another post tomorrow.
We want people to re-blog it as much as possible, so our challenge for you is: send us a GIF that’s
a) family-friendly and
b) so awesome that when we add it to our registration widget post everyone who sees it will be powerless (powerless!) not to spread the democracy.
Do your bit: submit.
Results tomorrow—see you on the other side of the service interruption.

barackobama:

Hey, Tumblr:

A bunch of states’ voter registration deadlines are coming up soon, so (Tumblr spoilers) we’re going to embed our voter registration widget in another post tomorrow.

We want people to re-blog it as much as possible, so our challenge for you is: send us a GIF that’s

a) family-friendly and

b) so awesome that when we add it to our registration widget post everyone who sees it will be powerless (powerless!) not to spread the democracy.

Do your bit: submit.

Results tomorrow—see you on the other side of the service interruption.

FIRST!   Residents waited in line to pick up a ballot during early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images via The Wall Street Journal)

FIRST!   Residents waited in line to pick up a ballot during early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images via The Wall Street Journal)

How to register to vote, check to see if you're registered, and find your polling place »

stfuconservatives:

Register to vote online at gottavote.org.

Check to make sure you’re registered at canivote.org. You can also find your polling place here, or at Vote 411.

Once your voter registration goes through, you should receive what’s called a “sample ballot” in the mail that will tell you your polling place, which is where you have to go to vote.

If you don’t get your sample ballot within about a month of registering, check canivote.org to see if your registration went through. Even if you never receive your sample ballot, go to your polling place on election day with your ID and ask to vote. If they don’t have you registered, you should be able to fill out a separate type of ballot.

Voting from abroad? There’s a site for that.

Moved recently (for college or otherwise) or moving before the election? There’s a site for that. Specifically, there’s a form you have to fill out to update your registration. Even if you moved somewhere within the same district or ZIP code, you need to re-register!!!

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Would you like to know how easy President Barack Obama is making it for you to vote?

barackobama:

universal-magnetic:

The Obama campaign released an embeddable voter registration form that you can insert into any of your websites, including tumblr.

I don’t think you guys understand, President Obama is letting you get registered to vote from tumblr.

This must be what life was like for The Jetsons.

Yeah, this is pretty rad.

Easy to do.  SO DO IT.

“Thank you for voting. Your vote has been counted.”

VOTING SCANNER MACHINE THINGY, upon feeding it your ballot.

Followed by a Board of Election lady saying “it should say ‘thank you,’ and if it didn’t say ‘thank you’ then we have a problem!”