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									National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
Anne Arundel County Chapter PO Box 863, Hanover, MD 21076
www.ncbw-aamd.org




                                               September, 2012



Dear Community Leader:

Continued attempts have been made by Del. Kipke and others to have a bill passed through
the state legislature that would require voters to have a state registered ID in order to
obtain voter registration. Currently, these requirements are not necessary.

Historically, people of color have been confronted with voter suppression through poll tax,
testing and many other tactics. The presentation of this bill to the legislature requesting
specific ID is another example of an attempt to suppress votes by persons of color and
seniors in particular who are known to be a great voting bloc. Many of our seniors do
not have birth certificates nor means of obtaining a birth certificate.

       Another example of an obstacle to voter ID is the availability of transportation to
obtain the needed documentation as well as knowledge of what is required for
documentation. This is an urgent matter that affects thousands of people in the state of
Maryland. The following quote from Congressman Cummings was found in an October 5,
2012 Baltimore Sun article:
       "At some point, an effort to challenge voter registrations by the thousands without any legitimate
       basis may be evidence of illegal voter suppression," Cummings wrote. "If these efforts are inten-
       tional, politically-motivated, and widespread across multiple states, they could amount to a criminal
       conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights."

       We ask that you use the attached template to send to your state representatives
about your concern over this issue. You should distribute this information throughout your
organization/community for signatures and mail to your county and state representatives.
Please let us know when you have sent your letter(s) to your representatives.

                                                     Sincerely,
                                                  Yolande Dickerson
                                                     Advocacy Chairperson
                                                     National Coalition of 100 Black Women
                                                     Anne Arundel County Inc., A. A. Co. Chapter


Enclosure: Petition Form
Dear __________________________________ :
        (Name of your legislator)
The ____________________________________________________________(name of group/organization) is
opposed to the voter ID legislation that has been presented by Rep. Kipke and others that
would require voters to have a state registered ID in order to obtain voter registration.
Currently, this requirement is not necessary.

Historically, people of color have been confronted with voter suppression through poll tax,
testing and many other tactics. The recurring presentation of this bill to the legislature
requesting specific ID is another example of an attempt to suppress votes by persons of
color and seniors in particular. We are opposed to this legislation and urge you to not
support this bill.

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