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Washington, DC —After the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee took steps on Tuesday to limit the impact of Amendment 4, a state-level constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to formerly-incarcerated people, Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:
“Florida voters sent a clear statement just months ago by passing Amendment 4—that people who have served their time and paid their debt to society should be able to participate in our democracy by voting.
“It’s shameful that some Florida lawmakers would seek to undermine Amendment 4 by forcing formerly-incarcerated people to pay all court fees and costs before becoming eligible to vote.
Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R.1, a landmark piece of legislation that seeks to strengthen policies related to voting and election laws, campaign finance, and government ethics. Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:
“The passage of H.R.1 by the House is a huge victory for our democracy and voters everywhere.
Today, the North Carolina State Board of Elections declared a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:
“The State Board of Elections is right. North Carolinians in the ninth Congressional District deserve a “do over” election, free from all fraudulent activities that were allegedly supported by the Harris campaign.
On behalf of the Voter Participation Center and Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, Democracy Corps conducted live dial-meter testing of the 2019 State of the Union address among the Rising American Electorate, white working-class women, and white college women.  Here are some of the key findings in advance of our full report:The level of engagement is at levels we have never seen before.
In advance of President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight, Page Gardner, founder of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:
“Today, as President Trump addresses the American public, the Rising American Electorate (RAE) is listening. Now comprising 62 percent of the voting-eligible public, this demographic – made up of unmarried women, young people, and communities of color – will play an important role in deciding the 2020 elections and determining Trump’s chances at re-election.
“Texas’s claim calling into question the citizenship status of 95,000 registered voters appears to be an intentional attack meant to intimidate potential new voters and deny people their basic right to vote. It’s no coincidence that many of the same Texas voters who nearly propelled an underdog to victory in a statewide race for the first time in more than two decades are the ones whose citizenship is under scrutiny.
By Page Gardner, President, Voter Participation Center
Jan. 2, 2019
This week, the 116th Congress will convene with a lot of firsts for the 229-year-old institution: The House will have the first Native American congresswomen; the youngest women ever elected to Congress; the first Muslim women in Congress; the largest number of freshmen women of color, and many more.
Motivated by economic, healthcare, and immigration policy issues, the Rising American Electorate–unmarried women, people of color, and millennials–turned out in record-breaking numbers to propel Democrats to take control of the House, according to the latest research from the Voter Participation Center and Democracy Corps.
In response to the Supreme Court’s refusal to rule on a challenge to the North Dakota voter ID law that disenfranchises thousands of Native American voters, Page Gardner, founder of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:
“The ability to make our voices heard through voting is at the core of our democracy.
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.