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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.

January 13, 2017|Voter Participation Data Center Posts
The incoming president and the majority party in Congress have made it a priority to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”). Find out how this would impact the New American Majority of unmarried women, people of color, and millennials.
January 13, 2017


The Voter Participation Center is proud to be part of this historic event, and we invite all of our friends, partners, and supporters to join us. Visit for details about the march in Washington, Sister Marches taking place around the country, and the many ways that each of us can make our voices heard on January 21, 2017.

“It is not our differences that divide us.
December 5, 2016|Voter Participation Data Center Posts

A new study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and Oxfam America finds that more than one in four employed women in the United States are concentrated in low-wage “women’s work”—such as teaching young children, cleaning, serving, and caring for elders—jobs that are done primarily by women, pay less than $15 per hour, and provide few benefits.

Workers in these female-dominated jobs, who are disproportionately women of color, earn less than men working in jobs with similar requirements for education, skills, stamina, and hours.

November 30, 2016
We’ve been recognized by State Voices, a network of nonpartisan civic engagement organizations in each state that leverage their collective power to catalyze change on important issues, for our innovation in educating and empowering voters during the 2016 election cycle.
November 4, 2016
At the end of the most successful voter registration drive in our history, we’ve helped nearly 1 million Americans register to vote this campaign season. Learn more about how we’ve helped the Rising American Electorate register and vote in this crucial election year.

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