Houston, Texas – On September 25, 2012 National Voter Registration Day, hundreds of Houston residents will join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and to make sure all eligible voters in Houston are registered and prepared to vote this fall.
The ‘For the People’ Voter Protection event will be one of several across the country on the same day and at the same time, hosted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus as a part of the “For the People” Voter Protection Initiative H. Res. 542 to bring attention to block the vote efforts, like restrictive voter ID laws, that may impede as many as 5 million people from registering to vote and/or casting a ballot this November.
At least 34 states have introduced laws that would require voters to show photo identification in order to vote and at least 12 states have introduced laws that would require proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, to register to vote or to vote. The states that have already cut back on voting rights provide 171 electoral votes in 2012, 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
“The right to vote is a critical and sacred constitutionally protected civil right. To challenge this is to erode our democracy, challenge justice, and mock our moral standing. I urge my colleagues to join me in dismissing this crippling legislation, and pursue effective solutions to the real problems of election fraud and error. We cannot let the rhetoric of an election year destroy a fundamental right upon which we have established liberty and freedom,” says Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are committed to ensuring that no eligible voter is turned away from the ballot box during early voting and on Election Day.
Who: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and other special guests, which include Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, National Leaders and The Links, Inc. Houston Chapter
What: National Voter Registration Day
When: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Time: 11am Central Time
Where: Palm Center Courtroom Annex
5300 Griggs Road
Houston, TX 77021
Michael J. McQuerry
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
2160 Rayburn HOB
Washington , DC 20515
202-225-3816 – Office
202-225-7080 – Cell
202-226-1504 – Direct
202-225-3317 – Fax