DNC Voting Rights Institute Chair Donna Brazile Calls on Election Assistance Commission to Release Study
Washington, DC- This afternoon the Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute (VRI), Donna Brazile, testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on issues of voter fraud and voter intimidation. During her testimony Brazile called on the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to release a report that proves there is little evidence of the polling-place fraud that is used to justify Voter ID around the country. Donna Brazile discouraged the new wave of Republican voter intimidation tactics and modern poll taxes enacted through restrictive Voter ID laws.
Brazile also discussed the findings of the VRI's Ohio report which outlined voting irregularities in Ohio during the 2004 election. She also sited numerous other reports that provide evidence of "scurrilous attempts to impede citizens' voting rights." Brazile commended the recent renewal of the Voting Rights Act and called on the Republican Congress to do more to ensure that discriminatory practices at the poll are stamped out and that civic participation is fully encouraged.
"Voter ID restrictions are throwing the baby out with the bath water," said DNC Voting Rights Institute Chair Donna Brazile. "Instead of preventing voter fraud many of these partisan laws are disenfranchising the same voters that they are allegedly trying to protect. I call on the EAC to stop withholding this valuable report and release it to the public. Americans deserve to know that these false claims of voter fraud are unsubstantiated. Today before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, I called for real election reform. Reform that works not only to protect our most fundamental right to vote but encourages active civic participation in our Democracy by all eligible voters regardless of race, class, gender or economic status."