Content Toolkit: Voter Suppression Bills
Voting rights are under attack nationwide and here in Idaho. Sweeping voter suppression legislation, introduced by Idaho Republicans, would make it harder for eligible Idaho voters — particularly the elderly, students, people with disabilities, and those living in rural communities — to exercise one of their most fundamental rights.
House Bill 547, introduced by Rep. Mike Moyle, criminalizes the gathering and submitting of completed absentee ballots by trusted third parties like community churches or neighbors.
House Bill 549, introduced by Rep. Dorothy Moon, one of the most extreme members of the Idaho Legislature, makes sweeping changes to Idaho’s voting process. This bill would do away with widely-popular voting mechanisms used by tens of thousands of Idahoans by:
- Eliminating same-day voter registration.
- Ending the use of student IDs as a valid form of voter identification.
- Restricting the use of personal identification affidavits.
Take Action to Protect Democracy in the Gem State
1. Amplify our Message
Help increase our reach on social media. Like and share posts from the Idaho Democratic Party on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also post your own messages in support of voting rights and share our digital petition with your friends, family, and neighbors ➡️ www.idahodems.org/votingrights
Sample social media posts:
⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ Voting rights are under attack nationwide and here in Idaho! ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️
Republican legislators recently introduced sweeping voter suppression legislation that would make it harder for eligible Idaho voters to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right. Take action to protect democracy in the Gem State ➡ idahodems.org/votingrights
Idaho has a long and proud tradition of civic participation that we need to protect. Once these rights are gone it will take generations to get them back. Take action to protect democracy in the Gem State ➡️ idahodems.org/votingrights
2. Contact your Legislators
If you live and vote in Idaho, we need you to email or call your legislators and tell them to to vote NO on these bad bills. Find your legislators and their contact information here.
Sample Phone Call Script:
“As a voter in your district, I strongly oppose the unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles House Bills 547 and 549 would place on eligible Idaho voters. There is no reason for this. I am asking you to vote no on the GOP voter suppression bills.”
Dear [Representative or Senator Last Name],
Our democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate and have their voices heard. House Bills 547 and 549 would suppress voter turnout and disenfranchise thousands of Idaho voters, including the 25,171 registered Idaho Republicans that utilized Election Day voter registration to cast a ballot in 2020 Presidential Election. I strongly urge you to oppose all voter suppression attempts and vote no House Bills 547 and 549. Our goal should be the protection of the fundamental right to vote for all citizens by assuring that voting is as easy and as convenient as possible.
3. Testify or Share your Story
We need to show legislators that real Idahoans – working parents, college students, folks living in rural communities, and more – will be impacted by these unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. If you interested in testifying at the legislature, either in-person or remotely, or having your story shared on social media and in the press, please contact avery@Idahodems.org.
4. Collect Voter Postcards
We’re collecting handwritten postcards from Idahoans opposing voter suppression efforts. These postcards will be delivered to Republican legislators at the Idaho State Capitol. You can help by hosting a postcard party with your friends or tabling at your college campus. Print your own postcards with this template or pick some up at the IDP office (413 W Idaho St, Suite 200 Boise, ID 83701). Completed postcards can then be dropped off or sent to the IDP office.
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