[Vision2020] Fwd: LWV of Idaho Action Alert - PLEASE READ ASAP

Roger Hayes rhayesmoscowid at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 15:47:12 PST 2022

I am writing to you today because I am concerned about 5 bills now pending
in the House and Senate. They are H441,692,547,439 and S1375. These bills
are voter suppression and there is no place in a democracy which excludes
people from their *right* to vote. These bills severely affect the elderly,
the disabled, people living in rural areas of our district, and people
living on reservations in our state. Additionally, these bills read like
they have been authored by out of state interests who have no idea of our
lifestyles here in Idaho. We are a rural state and often it is difficult
enough to get to the Post Office on time, particularly if one has
impediments to travel. As far as I can tell there are no instances of
voter fraud in Idaho, so I ask why support these awful, antidemocratic
bills, if you do, and I sincerely hope you don't?
Roger Hayes
Moscow, Id
rhayesmoscowid at gmail.com

On Tue, Mar 8, 2022 at 7:13 AM Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com> wrote:

> See below . . .
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
> Begin forwarded message:
> *From:* League of Women Voters of Idaho <lwvid1944 at gmail.com>
> *Date:* March 8, 2022 at 7:00:29 AM PST
> *To:* Susan Ripley <lwvid1944 at gmail.com>
> *Subject:* *LWV of Idaho Action Alert - PLEASE READ ASAP*
> League friends and supporters,
> We are sending you an Action Alert that lists multiple bills each of which
> restricts voting for Idahoans.   This Alert is unusual and so is the
> activity at the capitol.  Your Legislative Watch team is scrambling daily
> to write and give testimony.
> Our League’s name and mission requires us to respond in force.  Please add
> your voice to the organization’s opposition to these bad bills.   AND share
> the alert with your colleagues that may agree.  The Alert includes
> hyperlinks to provide additional background and contact listings.
> Betsy McBride, president
> League of Women Voters of Idaho
> bmcbride at ctcweb.net
> This Action Alert is also included as an attachment to this email.
> *ACTION ALERT: Election Bills *(*Click on the blue bill numbers to read
> the bills*)
> *House Bills:*  *H 441 *(Troy/Souza)
> <https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2022/legislation/H0441/>*, **H
> 692 *(Moon/Bayer)
> <https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2022/legislation/H0692/>*, **H
> 547* <https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2022/legislation/H0547/>
> (Moyle)*, **H 693* (Giddings*)*
> <https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2022/legislation/H0693/>*,*
> *H 439** (*Okuniewicz/Souza)
> <https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2022/legislation/H0439/>
> *Senate Bill:*  *S 1375* (Souza)
> <https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2022/legislation/S1375/>
> *Bills’ Status:* These bills are moving very quickly through either the
> House or Senate State Affairs Committees and then on to either the full
> House or Senate for debate. If they pass both houses, they go to the
> governor to sign into law. The only place testimony can be heard is in the
> committees. (*NOTE:* Bills with an * have an Emergency Clause that makes
> them enforceable laws *immediately upon passing in both houses & being
> signed by governor*)
> *Bill Descriptions:*
> *H 441:* Prohibits voters in nursing care facilities from choosing who
> can assist them with their absentee ballot. Requires only a family member
> or specifically trained volunteers to help voters.
> *H 692: *Requires married women or others who change names to provide
> birth certificate and marriage license or name change order to prove
> citizenship Student ID not accepted. Proof of residency requirements are
> too restrictive and favor property owners. Removes affidavit process.
> *H 547*:* A friend could no longer assist a disabled or unable person by
> carrying a ballot to the elections office or mail receptacle. It is a
> felony if the ballot is carried by someone other than a family member.
> *H 693*:* Prohibits drop boxes being used for elections. Forces all
> absentee ballots to be mailed through the US Postal system. Many voters do
> not trust the timing of delivery, so prefer to drop off the ballot at their
> convenience. This is undue inconvenience and affects thousands of rural
> Idaho voters.
> *H 439*:* Forbids unaffiliated voters from affiliating with a party on
> election day. They must affiliate by the last day of candidate filing.
> NOTE: Over 300,000 unaffiliated voters will have to declare a party by
> March 11 (this Friday!) to vote in the May primary election.
> *S 1375**: Requires proof of citizenship to register and vote. Does not
> allow one to use a single form to request absentee ballots for a whole year
> of elections. Removes student and military IDs due to citizenship
> requirement. If you use an affidavit, you must go to the county clerk’s
> office within 2 days to verify ID.
> *League position:* *OPPOSE. *The League has worked for over 75 years to
> protect voting rights. These bills create unnecessary hurdles to register
> to vote or cast a ballot and are a form of voter suppression. They do not
> protect voting rights and are clearly intended to discourage or hinder
> eligible voters from registering and voting.
> *Take Action:* Write a brief, *immediate* message to your own legislators
> (Find them here
> <https://legislature.idaho.gov/legislators/whosmylegislator/>) and also
> to Governor Little (https://gov.idaho.gov/contact/contact-us/) who has
> stated his concerns about changing the rules when voters might not be
> aware of the changes in time for the election.
> *Suggested message:* Ask your legislators to oppose these bills whenever
> they come up for a vote in a committee or on the floor. Ask Governor Little
> to veto these bills if they get to his desk. These bills make voting more
> difficult. There is no evidence of voter fraud in Idaho and these are
> unnecessary. Personal stories about how these bills will affect you is
> extra persuasive.
> --
> Susan Ripley
> Membership Chair
> lwvid.org
> facebook.com/lwvidaho
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