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.
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.
From ReThink Democracy, a rundown of all the good news for democracy over the past week.
Today, August 18th, is the 97th anniversary of the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Read the statement commemorating this historic occasion from Page Gardner, founder of the Voter Participation Center.
We honor and admire the Americans who are standing with Charlottesville and speaking out against this hatred. To make your voice even louder against the white supremacists who have been emboldened and encouraged since Donald Trump was elected, make sure you – and your family, neighbors, and friends – are registered and turn out to vote.
John Atlas and Peter Dreier writing for Salon.com:
Trump and his minions have ramped up the attack, but the “voter fraud” myth goes back to the GOP’s attack on ACORN
Donald Trump’s war on voting rights, like much of his behavior, is rooted in revenge.
In celebration of the landmark Voting Rights Act anniversary, Page Gardner, the founder and President of the Voter Participation Center, shared the following statement:
“Voting is the expression of the most fundamental principle of democracy: equal representation for all. The Voting Rights Act (VRA) brought the United States one step closer to that ideal, tackling some of the most explicit state and local efforts to stop African Americans from exercising this basic right.
From the Washington Post, the latest on the Trump voter commission: A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday over whether a Watergate-era law prohibiting the government from collecting data on how Americans exercise their First Amendment rights bars President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission from American’s voting records.
Micaela Brinsley writes in Ms. Magazine about our latest research with Lake Research Partners on voter drop-off:
A recent study by the Voter Participation Center found that 25.4 million voters who turned out for the 2016 presidential election considered part of the Rising American Electorate (RAE)—unmarried women, millennials and people of color—will not vote in the midterm elections in 2018.
“Every time voter fraud occurs, it cancels out the vote of a lawful citizen, and undermines democracy. Can’t let that happen. Any form of illegal or fraudulent voting, whether by non-citizens or the deceased, and any form of voter suppression or intimidation must be stopped,” said Trump.
In the midst of ongoing efforts to make it harder for Americans to cast a ballot, voter turnout among the Rising American Electorate faces an additional headwind: the historical trend of large declines in voter participation between presidential and midterm elections. But we can turn the tide by doubling down on voter registration and GOTV and resisting attacks on our right to vote. Read more about our latest study with Lake Research Partners.
Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of the Pence-Kobach commission, Page Gardner, president of the Voter Participation Center, issued the following statement:
“Even before its first meeting this week, the Pence-Kobach Commission has driven thousands of eligible voters in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and other states to deregister. The intrusive request from the Commission, and the even broader, under-the-radar demand from the Department of Justice, for not publicly available voter data is alarming to any American who values privacy, security and the integrity of our election system. But our response cannot be to make it easier for them to accomplish their true aim – which is to legitimize policies that prevent eligible voters from participating in our democracy. The answer is to stay registered, encourage others to register, and to recognize that voting is a powerful act of resistance.
The Commission is filled with people – like Kris Kobach and Hans von Spakovsky — who have a history of erecting barriers for eligible voters and targeting minority voters. Kobach is involved with several lawsuits about his efforts to suppress voters and we applaud Representatives Cummings, Conyers, Thompson and Brady for their efforts to remove Kobach from the Commission.