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.
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.
Liz Kennedy and Danielle Root write in their new report on the impact of documentary proof of citizenship and illegal voter purges:
“The ability to cast a ballot freely is key to having our voices heard and exercising control over our government.
Deborah Barfield Berry writes in USA Today:
Democrats called President Trump’s election commission a “sham’’ and a waste of taxpayer’s money and introduced a bill Wednesday to block funding for the panel.
“This is a fraud,” said Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. “It is a sham.”
Earlier this year, Trump set up a commission to study allegations of voter fraud in last year’s presidential election.
Holly Ramer and Kevin Freking of the Associated Press write:
President Donald Trump’s commission on election fraud is telling states to hold off on providing detailed voter information in the face of increasing legal challenges.
The commission had given states until July 14 to provide data including names, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers, but in an email Monday, the panel’s designated officer told states to hold off until a judge rules on a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington.
In its initial filings in that case, the commission said it planned to collect the data via a Department of Defense file exchange program.