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“Voting, a right, and an obligation for the maintenance and protection of a democracy is once again under attack. The right to vote becomes a complicated issue when we look at the barrage of new voting legislation meant to draw into question recent elections and to target populations that had a profound influence on the outcome of the 2020 election. I am moved by the great surge in civic responsibility to vote. I am moved by the questions that are being raised by communities that have been silenced and denied sufficiency in determining life choices that lift them up, that give hope, that give the modicum of respect, justice and equality that is the least that should be expected by anyone. My satiric take on new voting legislation is to suggest that the truth can easily be masked, that laws can be the subterfuge for hidden agendas, that we live at a time when unhinged power can take away the legitimacy of purpose and most importantly the legitimacy of a democracy. To vote is to potentiate the possibility of bringing about dramatic and meaningful change for the betterment of all.”

New Voting Legislation in Arkansas, Arizona, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Wyoming, Georgia, Idaho, Alaska, Iowa, Texas, Montana, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Florida, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana,North Dakota, and Texas seeks to change who and how you get to vote

Voting is not a right it is a privilege therefore to vote you will need to provide why you should have the right to vote. You must provide following items at the time you attempt to vote. A minimum of three photos and
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you will need to provide a birth certificate verification of your last four addresses a signed affidavit from your present and any former employers transcripts from any and all schools you may have attended tax id for any properties you own if you do not own any property then you will have to provide a letter of exception from a tax collector in the county in which you currently live and in addition you will need to provide a list of any and all names that you have ever used or others may have used to identify you and you will need to have a listing of these names verified and notarized by a notary in any region, state, and or country that you have been called by or used these names to conduct any business private or personal in which these names would have been used to identify you additionally you are obligated by law to answer any and all questions put to you by the registrar of voting in the district you are voting in and you must at the time that you are voting have with you a person or
persons who can verify that you are who you are claiming to be please be aware that the voting times and voting places may have changed in your district and that it is your obligation to find out where you are able to vote this is your responsibility and your vote may not be counted even if you have voted in the correct voting district depending on the additional rules allowed under state law that can be instigated in each voting precinct furthermore you will be given instructions that need to be carried out before you will be able to receive your ballot you will be asked a series of questions a correct answer to each question is required in order to receive a ballot so please be aware that voting is not a right but a privilege. Exemptions for all elected and previously elected officials and their immediate and extended family are not applicable for voting purposes.

While the 15th, 19th, and 26th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, reaffirmed the right to vote for every eligible U.S> citizen, nearly two dozen states have been involved in creating new stringent and overbearing requirements for “voting” suggesting that the issue of disenfranchisement has becomes once again a matter of grave concern. We are only free when all inhabitants of our country enjoy the same freedom and protection under a system of equitable laws. Voting is a right guaranteed by the constitution, it is not a privilege granted to only certain individuals or groups. Vote as if the life of our country depends on it. It does.”

ARTIST BIO: An installation and conceptual artist, Carol Freid has lived, traveled and studied around the world and embraces in her work the cultures she has experienced. Currently she lives in Georgetown, Kentucky. Her practice includes installation, paper, fiber, book arts and conceptual art. Carol is inspired to work on art projects that speak to prescient social, political, and environmental issues.