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In response to the newly released report by the federal Commission on Civil Rights that shows the federal government has taken few actions to protect minorities’ voting rights since the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, Page Gardner, founder of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:
“The right to vote and ability to access that right is essential to the core of our democracy. Yet, shamefully, our Department of Justice has failed to protect the rights of millions of people of color that make up the Rising American Electorate, doing little to ensure that diverse voters are able to make their voices heard at the ballot box. These voters could help define this year’s midterms by showing up to the polls in droves, but they can only do that if they can overcome the discriminatory barriers put in place by powerful politicians trying to prevent them from voting. Our democracy is strongest when everyone is represented. We must do better and our federal government and elected officials must step up to protect the right to vote for every American.”
The Voter Participation Center registers and mobilizes the Rising American Electorate – unmarried women, people of color, and young people. VPC has registered nearly four million people since 2004 and works to inspire underrepresented groups to increase their civic engagement and permanently change the American electorate.