February 15, 2012
PRESS RELEASE: Veterans Back Anti Vote Misinformation Bill
"We vowed to protect voting rights, which this bill protects"
Denver, CO - The Vet Voice Foundation, a leading progressive group of veterans, today is strongly endorsing SB 147 "Prohibition of Misinformation Tactics to Deter Voting," sponsored by Senator Irene Aguilar and Representative Angela Williams in the Colorado legislature.
"As veterans, we took a vow to protect democracy, the core of which is free and fair elections," said Richard Allen Smith, Denver resident, Afghanistan Veteran, and Western Regional Director of the Vet Voice Foundation. "Sending voters information that is intended to interfere with their right to vote should be illegal. We vowed to protect voting rights, which this bill protects, and we urge for its immediate passage."
SB 147 has three core parts:
- It will allow the Colorado legal system to hold perpetrators who intentionally spread misinformation accountable, by making such tactics a class 5 felony if carried out within 90 days of an election.
- It gives the Attorney General the authority to create rules to oversee the implementation of the law.
- It allows the Attorney General to submit a report every two years of any violations that have occurred to the House and Senate State Affairs Committees.
Founded in 2009, the mission of Vet Voice Foundation is to mobilize veterans to become leaders in our nation's democracy through participation in the civic and democratic process. VVF seeks to harness the energy and drive of the dedicated men and women who have fought for their country, and put it to work at home and in their communities on the important issues they face, such as health care, jobs, the environment, and housing.