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.
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.
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.
Scott Lemieux writes in Reuters: “Whatever else can be said about the Republican Senate health care bill, it cannot be accused of pandering.”
“We don’t have a problem of too many people showing up to vote. We have a problem of too few people showing up to vote.”