Voting Rights

The latest news and updates on the ongoing struggle to protect the right to vote and make it easier for every American to be heard at the ballot box.

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The right to vote is under attack in America.

Over the last decade, many states have passed and implemented laws that make it harder for Americans to vote — restrictions that are often tailor-made to disenfranchise people of color and low-income voters. These voter suppression efforts have had a massive effect, depressing turnout in the elections of 2014 and 2016.

Check this page often for the latest news about the threat posed to the right to vote — and the ongoing efforts of VPC and other civic engagement groups to protect this crucial right, so that every American can raise their voice at the ballot box.

February 15, 2017|Voting Rights

“At least 16,400 Texans who voted in the November election wouldn’t have been able to cast ballots if the state’s voter identification law had been in full effect, state voting records show.” This report from the Austin American-Statesman is a chilling reminder of what experts agree is the true intent of such laws: disenfranchising voters.

“Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said the volume of the declarations validates the concerns that the law’s opponents raised.

February 15, 2017|Voting Rights

New research published in the Washington Post confirms one of the worst-kept secrets in politics: Voter ID laws suppress minority voting.

“When we compare overall turnout in states with strict ID laws to turnout in states without these laws, we find no significant difference.

February 7, 2017|Voting Rights
Voting needs to be fair and accessible for all Americans who qualify. And that’s why the bill that just passed in the Virginia House of Delegates to require proof of U.S. citizenship before Virginians can register to vote in state and local elections is so wrong.
February 2, 2017|Voting Rights
The first weeks of 2017 have already brought a great number of developments, both positive and negative, that stand to impact voting rights in America.  The scholars and experts at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice break them down: “Amidst President Trump’s claim that millions of noncitizens voted in 2016, and his promised major investigation on the subject, hundreds of voting and election bills are already circulating in state capitals — and three legislative bodies have already passed legislation. As of February 1, 2017, with 46 states and Washington, D.C.
January 27, 2017|Voting Rights

The Voter Participation Center today called on President Trump to get his facts straight and end his deceptive campaign on alleged voter fraud. In a series of tweets and statements, Trump has claimed with no evidence that millions of votes were cast illegally in the presidential election and that he will be asking for a “major investigation” into voter fraud.

“Study after study has shown that voter fraud occurs in only the rarest of cases in American elections,” said Page Gardner, President and Founder of the Voter Participation Center.

August 18, 2016|Voting Rights

Ninety-six years ago today, on August 18, 1920, Tennessee’s state legislature narrowly approved the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the final state vote needed to bring it into effect nationwide, recognizing the right to vote for women everywhere across the United States.

The celebration on that day was the product of decades of struggle, sacrifice, and perseverance by the women’s suffrage movement — American heroes like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B.

August 2, 2016|Voting Rights
The “Voting Rights Revolution” is marching onward, with court rulings striking down vote suppression laws in state after state — but why is this happening? One commentator thinks that a recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights could provide the explanation.
July 29, 2016|Voting Rights
In yet another victory for voting rights, a federal appeals court struck down North Carolina’s vote suppression laws, ruling that the laws reflect a clear intent to discriminate against African-American voters.
July 20, 2016|Voting Rights

This week has brought two great pieces of news for voting rights and the Rising American Electorate.

Just this afternoon, the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Texas’s voter ID law, the strictest in the nation, is racially discriminatory in effect and, thus, in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

July 14, 2016|Voting Rights
In every state where it’s been tried, automatic voter registration has been a resounding success — and now lawmakers want to take it nationwide.