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.
In advance of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments today in the Gill v. Whitford case, which could decide the future of extreme partisan redistricting, the Voter Participation Center’s Founder and President, Page Gardner, issued the following statement:
“The Supreme Court has an opportunity to restore voters’ rights to have their voices heard by choosing who represents them, rather than politicians choosing their voters.
Celeste Katz from Newsweek writes about our study with the progressive firm Lake Research Partners, to coincide with National Voter Registration Day, which shows the demographic triumvirate has grown enough to make a splash in future elections.
“But the study, which Newsweek saw in advance of its national release, suggests young people and nonwhites have some catching up to do before their political influence matches their growing numbers.
Called the Rising American Electorate (RAE) in the study, the group in 2016 for the first time made up a majority of the voting-eligible U.S.
Sam Levine of the Huffington Post reports on a great ruling from the Third Circuit and a win in the battle against voter purges:
A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the Philadelphia City Commissioners that tried to force the city to purge convicted felons from the voter rolls, using scathing language against a conservative group that brought the suit.
Felons in Pennsylvania cannot vote while they are incarcerated, but are eligible to do so upon release.
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.