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Election Protection Coalition Launches Radio Ad Campaign to Provide Vital Information to Texas Voters Ahead of Election Day

October 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Stacie B. Royster, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law                                      
(202) 662-8317; sroyster@lawyerscommittee.org


Election Protection Coalition Launches Radio Ad Campaign to Provide Vital Information to Texas Voters Ahead of Election Day 

Ad Campaign Comes in Wake of Court Decision Allowing Texas to Move Forward with Discriminatory Voter ID Law

Washington, D.C: Today, as Texas voters head to the polls in the last days of early voting, Election Protection announced an important radio advertisement campaign focused on informing Texas voters about their rights. Voters who are confused about the state’s new photo ID requirements and how to get an ID to vote have called the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline to get help from volunteers. The radio ads, which will air in English and Spanish, target voters in historically disenfranchised communities across Texas. 

“Recent changes by state courts and the Supreme Court have left voters in Texas confused and without key protections once afforded by the Voting Rights Act,” said Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and one of the Coalition members. “The new Voter ID requirement will potentially disenfranchise more than 600,000 registered Texas voters who do not have the required photo ID, and most of the affected voters are African American, Latino and low-income.”

The ads will begin airing on radio stations in the following key markets: McAllen-Brownsville-Harlingen, Laredo, El Paso, Dallas and Houston. They can be heard here on the Election Protection website:

Background on Texas ID Law:

This is the first major statewide election since the state’s voter ID law went into effect and many problems are expected with the new ID requirement. Voting rights advocates are especially concerned about voters who are not aware of the new law’s requirements, as well as those who have traditionally faced the greatest barriers to voting.   

Reminders for Texas Voters: 

  • Acceptable types of ID to vote (all unexpired or expired within 60 days of the election) include Texas driver’s license, Texas state personal ID card, U.S. Military ID card with a photo, U.S. Passport or U.S. Citizenship Certificate with a photo, license to carry a concealed handgun or an Election Identification Certificate.
  • Voter Registration Certificates/Voter Registration Cards are NOT acceptable forms of ID to vote in person, unless you receive a disability exemption. Tribal and student IDs are NOT acceptable forms of ID to vote in person. 
  • Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) if you have questions about the voter ID requirements or have problems casting a ballot in Texas.

 

About Election Protection Coalition  

Election Protection is the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines, including the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee, 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund, 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-273-8683) administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and dedicated team of legal experts and trained volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. The coalition has more than 100 partners - including the NAACP, National Bar Association, Native Vote, Asian-American Justice Center, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund (NALEO), New Organizing Institute, Rock the Vote, the Hip Hop Caucus, Verified Voting Foundation, Advancement Project, National Education Association and the Brennan Center for Justice - at the national, state and local level and is providing voter protection services nationwide.

For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline and the Smartphone application, please visit: www.866ourvote.org.

About the Lawyers’ Committee
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2013 and continue our quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and community development; employment; voting; education; criminal justice and environmental justice. For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.