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President Obama Hosts the 2013 Presidents Cup Team

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

President Obama welcomes the 2013 Presidents Cup Team to the White House and delivers remarks, June 24, 2014.

 

 

 

Working Families Summit: “Career Ladders and Leadership”

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

Mika Brzezinski moderates the third plenary session at the
White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014.

 

 

 

Working Families Summit: “A 21st Century Economy that Works for Business and Workers”

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay moderate the second plenary
session at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014.

 

 

 

PBS News Hour For Tuesday, June 24, 2014

 

 

 

SCOTUS Ruling Limits EPA Regulatory Power

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

Pubic Justice Executive Director Paul Bland and EcoWatch founder Stefanie Spear explain why SCOTUS ruling is being claimed as victory by environmentalists and coal industry alike.

 

 

 

Inside Story – Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram?

 

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After a wave of attacks hit Nigeria, Inside Story asks what motivates the Islamist group’s increasing violence in Africa’s most populous country.

 

 

 

Freedom Summer‘ leaders recall pivotal fight against racism

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

A new documentary “Freedom Summer” looks back to the deeply segregated Mississippi of 1964, and the young people who came from around the country to lend a hand in the struggle against racism. For a look back at the moment, Gwen Ifill is joined by Freedom Summer coordinator Robert Moses, Freedom Summer volunteer Rita Schwerner Bender, as well as director of the film, Stanley Nelson.

 

 

 

The Road to Freedom Summer — Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

Mr. Moses says one of the main ways we get to Freedom Summer is the assassination of Medgar Evers.

 

 

 

SD Republican Party votes to impeach Obama

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

Impeaching President Barack Obama is a long-standing desire for many, but delegates for the South Dakota Republican Party decided to act instead of merely wish. In a 191-176 vote in favor of impeachment, delegates voiced their approval Saturday for removing from office the 44th president of the United States. Citing what the delegates claim are numerous violations of the oath of office, the resolution calls for Representatives in the House “to initiate impeachment proceedings.” RT’s Ameera David speaks with Robert Burgess, communications director for the South Dakota Republican Party, to learn more about the vote.

 

 

 

6/24/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

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Dan Pfeiffer: “POTUS Replies”

 

 

This morning, Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer sent the message below to the White House email list to share the story of Rebekah — a hardworking mom from Minneapolis who wrote the President to share her story, and will meet with him later this week.

Didn’t get the email? Be sure to sign up.


Hi, all –

Every day, the Office of Presidential Correspondence sorts through thousands of letters. Every night, President Obama reads ten of them. Some people write to share what his decisions mean in their daily lives, to talk about the economy, or to ask a question about a policy. Others just write in to say hello.

Each letter is a chance for President Obama to hear directly from folks across the country about the sorts of issues they face every day.

The President makes notes in the margins, and sits down to reply personally. He often sends the letters to the staff as reminder of what we are fighting for or to ask us to follow up on an issue raised in the letter. So when Rebekah, a hardworking mom from Minneapolis, wrote in to share how much harder it’s become to get ahead and do right by her family, you can bet the President set that letter aside for a reply.

But he’s not just doing that. He’s meeting Rebekah in person this Thursday to spend a day in her shoes. Watch President Obama tell her story, and find out why he’s traveling to her town.

 

When the President travels to Minnesota, he’ll launch the first in a series of “day-in-the-life” visits across the country this summer. He’ll spend a day with Rebekah — and he’ll meet with her family and community members to discuss the issues that matter to them, host a town hall, and talk about the steps we need to take as a country to help more Americans like Rebekah get ahead.

I know the President is excited to talk with her — and Americans like her. So all this summer, he’ll meet with folks who’ve written in to share what their lives are like. He’ll be hitting the road and traveling to communities across the country — sitting around diner booths and kitchen tables to talk about the issues that matter to them.

Rebekah’s story is representative of the experiences of millions of Americans: Even though our economy’s made a historic comeback, too many middle-class Americans are still stretched too thin, and there’s more work to do.

Make sure you see Rebekah’s story — and then tune in on Thursday as the President travels to Minnesota.

 

 

A Letter to the President: Rebekah

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

The President reads a letter from Rebekah, a hardworking mom from Minneapolis who wrote to the President about what she sees, what she thinks needs changing, and her struggle to get ahead. The President chose to highlight Rebekah’s story because it is representative of the experiences of millions of Americans: While our economy’s made a comeback, too many Americans are still stretched too thin and the President knows there’s more work to do.

 

 

 

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Here’s What You Missed: The White House Summit on Working Families

 

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Yesterday, the White House, in partnership with the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress, hosted a Summit on Working Families with the aim of having a national conversation and set a concrete agenda to bring American workplaces into the 21st century.

 

That conversation brought together businesses, economists, labor leaders, legislators, advocates, and working citizens to talk through the very real issues facing the full spectrum of working families — from low-wage workers to executives.

 

And you didn’t have to be in Washington to participate join in. Americans across the country tuned in and raised their voices online.

 

As Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett noted yesterday: “This is a movement, not a moment.” So if you missed the event yesterday, you can still add your voice. Take a look at our recap of yesterday’s Summit, and if you’ve got a story tell — get involved.

 

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Senate Delays Hurting Our National Security

 

 

As the President’s National Security Advisor, I am focused every day on keeping our country secure and our citizens – at home and abroad – safe. But these goals are hindered and our stature abroad is weakened when we are not fielding a full team. That’s why I urge the Senate to let the President’s qualified ambassadorial nominees get to work on behalf of the American people.

Right now, 48 nominees for ambassador are pending and 26 are on the Executive Calendar and eligible for confirmation by the full Senate – 16 of whom are career Foreign Service Officers. Together, all ambassadorial nominees have been waiting an average of 161 days, while those on the Executive Calendar have been waiting an average of 262 days. This is simply too long.

These crucial posts are vacant and American interests are therefore underrepresented. The longer we wait to fill these roles the harder it becomes to maintain our effective American diplomacy.

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Consider:

  • Kuwait borders Iraq and is a vital strategic partner that requires the highest level engagement given the current situation. Yet our post there remains without an ambassador. Now more than ever, it is crucial that our ambassador to the State of Kuwait is confirmed.

 

  • In Africa, a quarter of our ambassadors are awaiting Senate confirmation. And in combating regional instability and serious challenges such as Boko Haram, key partners including Niger, Cameroon, and Mauritania – as well as our delegation to the African Union – need ambassadors in place now. And with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit planned for later this summer, it’s crucial that we display our commitment to partnering with leaders from across the continent for the good of Africa and the United States.

 

  • ASEAN will play a crucial role in the East Asia Summit in November 2014, which the President will attend. Substantively and organizationally, we need an ambassador in place to lay the groundwork for a successful Summit. We need a leading voice in our seat at the ASEAN table as tensions in the region have escalated surrounding China’s actions in the South China Sea.

These are only a few of many reasons it is critical to our national security that America fields a full team in our global engagement. The qualified individuals nominated to serve our country need to be confirmed without delay and allowed to do their important work leading our complex and vital interagency teams that are working to protect American interests around the world.

While there is a potential path to confirmation without bipartisan support, our nation’s security is stronger when we act together, and so I call on all members of the Senate to agree to confirm these nominees today so we can get them in place now.

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell Sworn In as the New HHS Secretary

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden swears in Sylvia Matthews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human ServicesVice President Joe Biden swears in Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as Secretary of Health and Human Services, with her husband Stephen holding the bible, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. June 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

This afternoon, the Vice President ceremonially swore in Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

On June 5, Secretary Burwell was confirmed by a strong, bipartisan majority of Senators. In a statement that day, President Obama commended the Senate and reiterated his support for Secretary Burwell as a proven manager:

 

I applaud the strong, bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as America’s next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sylvia is a proven manager who knows how to deliver results, and over her career she has built deep relationships with Democrats and Republicans alike. I’m confident Sylvia’s unparalleled experience will serve her well in her new role as she works to ensure the safety of our food and drug supply, protect our nation from outbreaks or bioterror attacks, keep America at the forefront of medical research, and make sure every American has access to quality, affordable healthcare.

 


 

Learn more:

Related Topics: Health Care

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President Obama Joins a Roundtable Discussion at the Working Families Summit

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President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and U.S. Ambassador Catherine Russell to Travel to Africa

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone from June 30 – July 7, 2014. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also travel with Dr. Biden.

 

During their travel, Dr. Biden, Administrator Shah, and Ambassador Russell will highlight how girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate economic development, improve health and educational outcomes, strengthen democratic governance, and foster peace and security. These themes will also be woven throughout the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. in early August.

 

Additional details about the trip are forthcoming.

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Statements and Releases

FACT SHEET: Advancing The Human Rights Of LGBT Persons Globally

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

It’s great to be here, and particularly great to see such a wonderful collection of faith leaders, human rights activists, private sector representatives and colleagues in government all in one place.  Protecting and upholding human rights, especially for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters, is work to which we all are called, so thank you, thank you so much for joining us here today.

 

The inexhaustible pursuit of equality, the drive to expand opportunity, the unshakeable conviction that human dignity and human rights are the natural endowment of all humankind—these are qualities that are fundamental to our American character.  For many Americans, they are also essential to our personal story.  I would not be standing here today if those who came before me had not pried open doors that had long been shut to people who look like me.  So, I feel a responsibility and a personal passion to help others enjoy the same opportunities that I have been blessed to receive.  It’s what drives me as a public servant and as a mother, because I do not want my children, or anyone else’s, to have their life choices limited by how they look, who they worship, or whom they love.

 

Universal human rights are not bestowed by governments or powerful majorities, they are God’s gift and the birth right of all people.  They belong to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women as surely as they belong to anyone in the human family.  As President Obama has said so eloquently, “If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

 

It offends our common humanity when men or women anywhere in the world are beaten or abused, or when individuals anywhere have their rights restricted because of who they are.  And, it doesn’t just harm those who are targeted.  It rends the bonds that knit society together.  Trust recedes; suspicion spreads.  Entire countries are deprived of vital contributions from citizens in minority groups.

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Presidential Actions

Presidential Memorandum — Delegation of Reporting Functions Specified in Section 1206(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

 

Presidential Memorandum — Enhancing Workplace Flexibilities and Work-Life Program

 

 

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2014 Election Dates For VoteRiders Target Voter ID States. Updated Voter ID Information. Get Out The VOTE!


 

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VoteRiders Overview

 

VoteRiders is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. Through resources and media exposure, VoteRiders supports on-the-ground organizations that assist citizens to get their voter IDs and inspires local volunteers and communities to sustain such programs and galvanize others to emulate these efforts. Find us at http://www.voteriders.org

 

 

 

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VoteRiders founder and president, Kathleen Unger, talks about the impact of voter ID laws and the importance of making sure citizens have to proper ID so they can vote.

 

 

 

About VoteRiders

 

Mission

VoteRiders is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. Through resources and media exposure, VoteRiders supports on-the-ground organizations that assist citizens to get their voter ID and inspires local volunteers and communities to sustain such programs and galvanize others to emulate these efforts.

 

How We Started

Upon hearing the news of multiple states passing voter ID laws and learning that millions of potential voters may be disenfranchised come November 2012 and beyond, Kathleen Unger decided to take action.  With a wealth of professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector under her belt, Ms. Unger decided to start her own non-profit dedicated to ensuring all citizens would be able to exercise their fundamental right to vote.  It was important to Ms. Unger that VoteRiders not duplicate what others are doing in this regard.  Thus, VoteRiders was founded in April 2012.

 

 

Organization Status

VoteRiders was incorporated as a non-profit organization in California on April 6, 2012. Contributions to VoteRiders, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of theInternal Revenue Code, are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.

 

 

2014 Election Dates for VoteRiders Target Voter ID States

 

Alabama

State House special election: January 28, 2014
State House special election: March 25, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: May 24, 2014
Primary election: June 3, 2014
Primary runoff election: July 15, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 25, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Arkansas

Special elections:  January 14, 2014 – Craighead, Yell, and Cross Counties
Special election:  March 11, 2014 – Pulaski County
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 21, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: May 5, 2014
Primary election: May 20, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary runoff election: May 12, 2014
Early voting for Primary runoff election: June 3, 2014
Primary runoff: June 10, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 20, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Arizona

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: July 28, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: July 31, 2014
Primary election: August 26, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early Voting for General election: October 9, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Florida

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: July 28, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: August 16 – August 23, 2014
Primary election: August 26, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 25, 2014 – November 1, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Georgia

Voter registration deadline for Special election: February 18, 2014
Early voting for Special election: February 24, 2014
Special election: March 18, 2014
Special election runoff: April 15, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 21, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: April 28 – May 16, 2014
Primary election: May 20, 2014
Primary runoff:  July 22, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 14 – November 1, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Indiana

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 7, 2014
Primary election: May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Kansas

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: July 15, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: July 16, 2014
Primary election: August 5, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 14, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 15, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Mississippi

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: May 3, 2014
Primary election: June 3, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 4, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

North Carolina

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 11, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: April 24 – May 3, 2014
Primary election: May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 10, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 23 – November 1, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

New Hampshire

Special election primary: January 21, 2014 – Northern NH
Voter registration deadline for Town elections: March 1, 2014
Town elections: March 11, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: September 2, 2014
Primary election: September 9, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 25, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Ohio

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 7, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: irregular days and times April 1 – May 3, 2014
Primary election: May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Special election: July 7, 2014
Special election: August 5, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: irregular days and times October 7 – November 1, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Pennsylvania

General Assembly special election: January 28, 2014 – Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon Counties
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 21, 2014
Primary election: May 20, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Rhode Island

General Assembly special election primary: January 21, 2014 – Woonsocket
Voter registration deadline for special election: January 26, 2014
General Assembly special election: February 25, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: August 10, 2014
Primary election: September 9, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 5, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

South Carolina

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: May 10, 2014
Primary election: June 10, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 4, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Tennessee

Voter registration deadline for County Primary election: April 7, 2014
Early voting for County Primary election: April 16 – May 1, 2014
County Primary elections:  May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: July 8, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: July 18 – August 2, 2014
State Primary and County General elections: August 7, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 15 – October 30, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Texas

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: February 3, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: February 18 – 28, 2014
Primary election: March 4, 2014
Voter registration deadline for TX Senate District 4 Special election: April 10, 2014
Early voting for TX Senate District 4 Special election: April 28 – May 6, 2014
TX Senate District 4 Special election: May 10, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary runoff election: April 28, 2014
Early voting for Primary runoff election: May 19 – 23, 2014
Primary runoff election: May 27, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 20 – 31, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Virginia

*For additional Virginia special election dates please click here.

Voter registration deadline for local special Primary elections: February 10, 2014
Local special Primary elections: March 4, 2014
Voter registration deadline for local special General elections: April 14, 2014
Local special General elections: May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: May 19, 2014
Primary election: June 10, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 14, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Wisconsin

Spring Primary election: February 18, 2014
Spring General election: April 1, 2014
Fall Primary election: August 12, 2014
Fall General election: November 4, 2014

 

 

 

Voter ID Clinics

 

Spread the Word About Voter ID Laws

 

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Voter ID Advocate Training

 

Published on Oct 23, 2012

Note: On October 2, 2012, the Pennsylvania voter ID law was suspended until after the 2012 election.

Some states have enacted laws requiring voters to show photo identification to be allowed to cast their ballot. VoteRiders & The League of Women Voters team up with the Philadelphia Senior Law Center in a session to train volunteer advocates who help people secure the the kinds of photo ID needed to vote in states that now require it.

 

 

 

The Victims of Voter ID Laws

 

Published on Jun 12, 2012

Last year, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker passed a law requiring citizens to show identification at the polls. While two state judges have blocked the law from going into effect, if the injunction is lifted the law would likely disenfranchise thousands of voters. The Center for American Progress visited the state during the contentious recall election to investigate.

 

 

 

It’s NOT Just Black Americans denied the right to vote.

 

“Our nation is strengthened when the majority of our eligible citizens vote. A wave of voter suppression legislation, chiefly government-issued photo ID laws, threatens to make it difficult to impossible for communities of color, elderly, veterans and people with disabilities to do so.  That is why VoteRiders, working in the states with key partners to help voters acquire the necessary documents to vote, is so vital.”

Eric Marshall, Senior Manager for Election Administration, State Voices; former Co-Leader ofElection Protection

 

 

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Published on Apr 23, 2012

Restrictive voter I.D. laws are being passed in many states, making it especially difficult for students, the poor, seniors and minorities to vote. Join Gil Paar in fighting for our rights. Visit http://www.usw.org/election2012.

 

 

 

About the Issue

Protecting the right to vote is not a partisan issue. It’s an American issue.  No citizen should be prevented from exercising this basic right.

 

Complicated voter ID laws put state bureaucrats between eligible voters and the ballot box.

 

You must act now to protect your vote and the votes of others.

 

You can help save our American democracy.

 

 

Are you Ready to Vote?

 

As of August 2013, some form of voter ID law is in effect in 33 states:

 

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas Colorado Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Indiana
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Michigan Mississippi Missouri
Montana New Hampshire North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Virginia Washington

What’s the Big Deal?

Some people may think it’s easy to get a photo ID.  Doesn’t everybody need one to drive a car, get on a plane, and buy cigarettes and alcohol?  Well, not everyone drives including people with disabilities, older adults – the Greatest Generation! – and low-income individuals.  Not everybody smokes or drinks alcohol.  And many citizens have their reasons why they do not travel on airplanes.

 

Ok, then … just get the ID that you need! Not so fast – obtaining a current, valid, government-issued photo ID in order to vote means at least one trip to the local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles or wherever in each state you get a voter ID). Depending upon where you live, your local DMV can be up to 100 miles away; and the days and hours it’s open can be few.

 

The much bigger difficulty can be trying to get the documents you need to prove who you are and where you live.  To get a voter ID, a state may require a certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal (and, legal documentation of any change of name since then) – all of which costs money and can take a lot of time, plus a social security card plus two acceptable documents showing your name and address.

 

 

Who Do Voter ID Laws Affect?

report released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School analyzed laws that had passed in 14 states by October of 2011.  The study found that these laws have the potential to disenfranchise more than five million eligible voters in 2012. Since then, 17 new states have some form of voter ID law in effect. Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, which was passed in 2012 and therefore excluded from the Brennan Center study, could ultimately affect an additional 758,939 to 1.5 million eligible Pennsylvania voters, based on reliable surveys and sources.

 

Some laws specify strict current, government-issued photo ID requirements.  Those who do not have a current, valid photo ID – primarily those without a driver’s license – are older Americans, people of color, young adults, people with disabilities and individuals with low incomes.

 

To further understand the issue, a Brennan Center survey conducted in 2006 regarding US citizens and proof of citizenship yielded the following findings:

 

  • As many as 11 percent of voting-age United States citizens – more than 21 million individuals – do not have current unexpired government-issued photo identification.
  • 18 percent of American citizens age 65 and above do not have a current government-issued photo ID.  Using 2005 census estimates, this amounts to more than six million senior citizens.
  • 25 percent of African-American voting-age citizens have no current government-issued photo ID, compared to eight percent of white voting-age citizens.  Using 2000 census figures, there are more than 5.5 million adult African-American citizens without photo identification.
  • As many as 18 percent of citizens aged 18-24 do not have photo ID with current address and name; using 2004 census tallies, almost 4.5 million young adult American citizens are in jeopardy.

 

Further, voter ID laws disproportionately impact women.  Those who have assumed a married name may still have their single-status name on their driver’s license vs. their name on the voter roll.  The above-mentioned Brennan Center survey found that only 48% of voting-age women have easy access to their U.S. birth certificates with their current legal name, “and only 66% of voting-age women with ready access to any proof of citizenship have a document with current legal name.”  The study used census data from 2000 and concluded that the only available proof-of-citizenship documents possessed by as many as 32 million voting-age women do not reflect their current name.

 

We encourage those in voter ID states to double-check and renew their IDs now, before the next Election Day.

 

 

What VoteRiders is Doing

VoteRiders, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, assists local, statewide and national organizations that help eligible citizens to obtain their voter IDs and underlying documents (birth certificates, Social Security cards, etc.), if necessary.  Read more about what VoteRiders does here.

 

Additional Help Obtaining a Voter ID

If you need help obtaining an ID or have questions, please call the Election Protection Hotline:

 

1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or call

 

the Ve Y Vota Hotline:

 

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA  (1-888-839-8682)

 

 

Nationwide ID

First-time voters, including those who have not voted in a previous federal election or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, must present voter ID.

 

CLICK HERE to see what is required.

 

 

Requirements for Absentee Ballots

Important: Check Your State Listing Carefully — Each State Has Unique Mail Ballot Deadlines and Requirements.

 

Voting by Absentee Ballot is a particularly viable alternative for people who might have trouble getting to the polls or standing in long lines on Election Day. In some states the Voter ID requirements are less stringent for Absentee Voting than voting in person. Deadlines and requirements vary by state, so please check our Absentee Voting/Voter ID Requirements for more information.

 

CLICK HERE to view Voter ID requirements for Absentee Ballots.

 

 

VoteRiders Voter ID Clinics

VoteRiders is launching Voter ID Clinics in voter ID states. click here to learn more.

 

 

Help Getting Voter ID

Need to find out if your state has a voter ID law?  As of August 2013, the following 33 states have some form of voter ID law in effect. Click on your state below to find out what the requirements are and if you have the right ID:

 

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas Colorado Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Indiana
Kentucky Kansas Louisiana
Michigan Mississippi Missouri
Montana New Hampshire North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Virginia Washington

 

 

Contact VoteRiders

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Barack After Dark™: The West Wing Week. National Action Network. The Obama/Biden Administrations Taxes.


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

This week, the President honored soldiers who lost their lives last week at Fort Hood, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and picked up his pen to take action toward ensuring equal pay. Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

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This week, the President honored Equal Pay Day and signed two executive orders to support efforts to level the playing field for women, pushed for better access to skills-based high school training, hosted the Prime Minister of Tunisia, and traveled with the First Lady to the memorial at Fort Hood and then to Austin, to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks at the National Action Network Convention

 

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President Obama Speaks at the National Action Network Convention

 

Published on Apr 11, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention. April 11, 2014.

 

 

 

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President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2013 Tax Returns

 

 

Today, the President released his 2013 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $481,098. The Obamas paid $98,169 in total tax.

 

The President and First Lady also reported donating $59,251 – or about 12.3 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 32 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $8,751 to the Fisher House Foundation. The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 20.4 percent. The President pushed for and signed into law legislation that makes the system more fair and helps the middle class by extending tax cuts to middle class and working families and asks the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. In 2013, as a result of his policies, the President was subject to limitations in tax preferences, as well as additional Medicare and investment income taxes, for high income earners. The President and First Lady also released their Illinois income tax return and reported paying $23,328 in state income tax.

 

DOWNLOAD THE OBAMAS’ TAX RETURNS

 

 

The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also released their 2013 federal income tax returns, as well as state income tax returns for both Delaware and Virginia. The Bidens filed joint federal and combined Delaware income tax returns. Dr. Biden filed a separate non-resident Virginia tax return. Together, they reported adjusted gross income of $407,009. The Bidens paid $96,378 in total federal tax for 2013, amounting to an effective tax rate of 23.7 percent. They also paid $14,644 in Delaware income tax and Dr. Biden paid $3,470 in Virginia income tax. The Bidens contributed $20,523 to charity in 2013, including contributing the royalties received from Dr. Biden’s children’s book, net of taxes, to the USO.

 

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Remarks by the President Nominating Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services

 

The President Nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Secretary Of Health And Human Services.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter And Senator Elizabeth Dole Hosting The Joining Forces Initiative For Caregivers.

 

Statement by President Obama on the Retirement of Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns

 

Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Holy See to Attend the Canonization Mass of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

 

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April 11th 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama reaches down to 6-month-old Sabina Johnson, from Beaumont, Texas, who was visiting the Oval Office with her uncle, Elbek Elibaev, for his Make-A-Wish visit at the White House, April 11, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama reaches down to 6-month-old Sabina Johnson, from Beaumont, Texas, who was visiting the Oval Office with her uncle, Elbek Elibaev, for his Make-A-Wish visit at the White House, April 11, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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In Case You Missed It: Fort Hood Memorial Service. LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Memorial Service at Fort Hood – April 9th 2014

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One

 

President Obama at Fort Hood: “It Is Love, Tested by Tragedy, That Brings Us Together Again.”

 

Today, the President and First Lady traveled to Killeen, Texas to attend a memorial ceremony at the Fort Hood Military Base, remembering those who lost their lives in last week’s tragic shooting at the base.

During his remarks at the memorial, the President explained that we must honor their lives “not in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.”

 

We must honor these men with a renewed commitment to keep our troops safe, not just in battle but on the home front, as well. In our open society, and at vast bases like this, we can never eliminate every risk. But as a nation, we can do more to help counsel those with mental health issues, to keep firearms out of the hands of those who are having such deep difficulties. As a military, we must continue to do everything in our power to secure our facilities and spare others this pain.

We must honor these men by doing more to care for our fellow Americans living with mental illness, civilian and military. Today, four American soldiers are gone. Four Army families are devastated. As Commander-in-Chief, I’m determined that we will continue to step up our efforts — to reach our troops and veterans who are hurting, to deliver to them the care that they need, and to make sure we never stigmatize those who have the courage to seek help.

And finally, we must honor these men by recognizing that they were members of a generation that has borne the burden of our security in more than a decade of war. Now our troops are coming home, and by the end of this year our war in Afghanistan will finally be over.

Read the President’s full remarks here.

 

 

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President Obama Speaks at a Memorial Service for Victims of the Shooting at Fort Hood

 

Published on Apr 9, 2014

President Obama says that we must honor the lives of those killed in the tragedy at Fort Hood “not in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.” April 9, 2014.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama accompanied by the First Lady lays a coin for each of the victims at Fort Hood

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pay their respects at #FortHood to the three fallen soldiers.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for a memorial service at Fort Hood.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for a memorial service at Fort Hood.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pay their respects during a memorial service at #FortHood.

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Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

 

Published on Apr 9, 2014

The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, which was established to coordinate federal efforts to combat trafficking in persons, holds its annual meeting at the White House. April 8, 2014.

 

 

 

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LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 1 – Morning Panels (12:30-4:00 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2014

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 12:35pm – 1:40pm CST
Panel: Gay Marriage: A Civil Right?

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 1:40pm – 2:40pm
Panel: Pathway to the American Dream: Immigration Policy in the 21st Century

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 2:40pm – 4:00pm
Panel: Music and Social Consciousness

 

 

 

 

LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 1 – Evening Panel (6:00-7:30 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2014

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Panel: Conversation with Former President Jimmy Carter

 

 

 

 

 

LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 2 – Morning Panels (12:30-4:00 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 9, 2014

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 12:35pm – 1:40pm
Panel: LBJ and MLK: Fulfilling a Promise, Realizing a Dream

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:40pm – 2:40pm
Panel: Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 2:40pm – 4:00pm
Panel: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line

 

 

 

 

 

LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 2 – Evening Panel (6:00-7:30 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 9, 2014

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Panel: Address by Former President William Jefferson Clinton

 

 

 

 

Legendary sports figures weigh in at Civil Rights Summit

 

Published on Apr 9, 2014

Two of the greatest athletes of all time who have both been fighting the fight for civil rights since the 60s spoke Wednesday at the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

 

 

 

 

LBJ Civil Rights Summit Google Hangout with President Jimmy Carter

 

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2014

Former U.S. President and humanitarian Jimmy Carter will answer questions about the Civil Rights Summit as well as his new book, A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

The public is encouraged to ask President Carter questions in advance on Google+ via https://plus.google.com/events/cadh8u…, or using #SummitHangout on Twitter or Facebook.

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Presidential Commission On Election Administration Recommendations Report To President Obama.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From The Washington Post:

 

Report on the American voting experience

 

Bipartisan election commission releases list of suggested fixes

 

By  & The Washington Post:

 

A bipartisan commission recommended a series of steps Wednesday to make it simpler to cast ballots in the next election, but largely avoided the most politically contentious issues in a debate over voter access that has become deeply partisan.

 

Concluding a six-month review, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration said in its report that jurisdictions should expand online voter registration and early balloting, update electronic voting equipment as first-generation voting machines grow obsolete and share voter registration records across state lines to protect against fraud.

 

The 112-page report also suggests improvements in the more traditional ways Americans have voted. They include increasing the number of schools used as polling places, locating polling places close to voters’ homes and simplifying voting for members of the military and other Americans living overseas through better access to state Web sites.

 

Together the recommendations present a comprehensive, if largely unsurprising, list of ways to make voting easier for millions of Americans — a promise President Obama made on the night of his reelection. The suggestions, all tested at the state level, occupy what is perhaps the safest ground in the partisan debate over U.S. elections, avoiding the more politically treacherous proposals surrounding online voting, same-day registration and other issues.

 

The report is part of a broader political debate about voting rights as the two major parties argue about how simple it should be for Americans to register and cast ballots while also protecting against fraud. Last week, lawmakers from both parties presented an amendment to the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Actthat proposes stricter voter ID requirements and other changes.

 

Obama, who appointed the commission, called its suggestions “eminently glittering” after receiving them Wednesday, and said the White House intends to “reach out to stakeholders all across the country to make sure that we can implement” the commission’s report.

 

“One of the troubling aspects of the work that they did was hearing from local officials indicating that we could have even more problems in the future if we don’t act now,” Obama said before meeting with commission members at the White House.

 

Who should vote, and how easy it should be to do so, has emerged again in recent years as a highly contested partisan question.

 

Many Republicans argue that the federal government should not be involved in voting issues, given that administering elections is largely the responsibility of states. But some Democrats say threats to voting access require a federal response, particularly new state and local restrictions that have made registering to vote more difficult.

 

The Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act last year, ruling that Congress had not taken into account the nation’s progress on issues of race in deciding which states require federal oversight of minority voting rights. The ruling affected many Southern states that have become reliably Republican in recent elections.

 

The election commission, criticized by some members of both parties when Obama announced it last year, left aside the issue of race in assessing access to voting places and waiting times for casting ballots.

 

But the panel said bilingual poll workers should be available “to any polling place with a significant number of voters who do not speak English,” a suggestion that is likely to concern Republicans who have complained that Obama formed the commission to drive up Democratic votes. Latino voters, who comprise 10 percent of the electorate, favored Obama by more than 40 percentage points over Mitt Romney in 2012.

 

“We discovered, as officials, experts and members of the public from across the country testified, that voters’ expectations are remarkably uniform and transcend differences of party and political perspective,” the 10-member commission wrote in the report’s cover letter. “The electorate seeks above all modern, efficient and responsive administrative performance in the conduct of elections.”

 

Many voters, particularly those living in poor neighborhoods, waited for hours to cast ballots in the 2012 election. In his reelection victory speech, Obama thanked “every American who participated in this election — whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time.”

 

“By the way,” he added, “we have to fix that.”

 

Obama created the election commission in March, naming Benjamin L. Ginsberg and Robert F. Bauer as co-chairmen. The men served as the chief lawyers of the Romney and Obama presidential campaigns, respectively.

 

The panel only recommended changes, such as expanded online registration, that have already been implemented in some states.

 

David Becker, the director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Election Initiative, which provided research and data to the commission, said the recommendations have been successful in states but “have yet to reach a critical mass” nationally.

 

“They wanted to see if there were a consensus of reforms successful at the state level that could be shared,” Becker said. “I think they wisely decided to focus on these tested reforms, carried out in red, blue and purple states.”

 

Behind the recommendations was a push to accelerate the use of technological advances to make voting easier and more efficient. Commissioners did not recommend a push for online voting because of continued security concerns.

 

The initial reaction to the recommendations from voter advocacy groups was largely positive. Laura W. Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office, said in a statement that “overall these are a series of recommendations that make sense” but that “we have to analyze them comprehensively both for their civil rights and privacy implications.”

 

Heather Gerken, a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s commission on political reform, said “it is often difficult to find agreement in this fraught political environment, particularly in the area of election administration.”

 

Obama called on Congress and local jurisdictions to help put the recommendations into place.

 

“No American should have to wait more than half an hour to vote,” Obama said. “And they should know, they should be confident that their vote is being properly counted and is secure.”

 

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I cannot imagine why it requires 100+ pages to say something that could likely be condensed to one or two. I personally like the concise, half page “MoveToAmend.org” template for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United……. one of the best ways I can imagine to restore the principle of one person, one vote in this country. Another is public financing of federal elections, whereby the small contributions of individuals are matched in some ratio with public funds.

 

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