Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) submitted testimony to the Louisiana House and Governmental Affairs Committee expressing opposition to Senate Bill 224 (SB 224), which aims to impose burdensome identification requirements on voters casting a ballot absentee by mail or early in person. Passage of SB 224 would risk disenfranchising voters based on procedural technicalities and would disproportionately impact the rights of Black voters and other voters of color, naturalized citizens, voters with disabilities, elderly voters, young voters, and low-income voters—and may violate federal laws, including the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. For years, Louisiana officials have boasted of secure elections based on the current voter confirmation procedures, but in the wake of historic turnout in the 2020 Election SB 224 is an attempt to impede voter turnout.
Read the full testimony here.
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