Election Day 2014: Protecting the Right to Vote

Here in Washington state, we’re lucky to vote by mail and not suffer from voter suppression laws. But in other states, politicians are suppressing votes to pick the voters they want, rather than allowing voters to choose the politicians they want.

For example, Texas voter ID laws accept gun licenses as voter IDs, but not college identification cards, making voting more difficult for youth.

AAJ member Calvin S. Tregre, Esq. wrote a post about protecting the right to vote as a trial attorney. He said:

As a trial attorney and a member of the American Association for Justice, I am committed to ensuring that all people can seek justice in our nation’s courtrooms. The right to trial by jury is a fundamental right. Another fundamental right is the right to vote. Every day in Ohio, I see more and more attacks aimed at limiting voters’ access to the ballot box. In 2012, I witnessed intimidation through billboards with a message of “Voter fraud is a felony.” In addition, I saw voters’ eligibility being challenged by The Voter Integrity Project, a group claiming to prevent voter fraud but actually suppressing eligible voters’ right to vote. This year, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld restrictions on early voting in Ohio. It is disheartening to see the constant attempts being made to restrict voting in Ohio and across the country. These constant attempts to restrict voting are disheartening. I have not been able to sit on the sidelines and watch our voting rights attacked. During the last few elections, I have participated in election protection efforts in Ohio, both as a poll monitor and as a trainer, and several of my colleagues and partners have joined in this effort. Making sure that voters have the right to vote and that all votes are counted is a very rewarding experience…

Every voter has a different experience, but as attorneys, we can uphold the law to ensure that errors and voter intimidation do not occur… As a trial attorney, I represent injured people who have nowhere else to turn.  I do the same thing when I help as a poll monitor on Election Day.

If you haven’t yet sent in your ballot, be sure to get it in the mail today. If you prefer to go to a ballot drop box location, you can find your nearest one at http://www.ballotdrop.org/wa/.

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