News & Updates

The latest on what we’re doing and what we’re paying attention to.

October 11, 2018

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.

September 12, 2018

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.

June 27, 2018

Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 weakened the ability of public sector unions to use collective bargaining to improve working conditions, benefits, and wages:

“This activist Supreme Court continues to side against working families already struggling to get by.

June 15, 2018
Voter Participation Center Continues Multi-Year Effort
to Register Under-Represented Americans 7.2 Million Registration Forms Mailed So Far In 2017 – 2018 Cycle

The Voter Participation Center, a nonpartisan and nonprofit voting rights organization, is mailing 2.2 million registration applications in twenty states to members of the Rising American Electorate – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – so that this critical voting bloc can reach its full power in November.

“More than 46 million people of color, unmarried women and millennials aren’t registered to vote, which means they aren’t able to have their voices heard in our democracy.

June 11, 2018|Voting Rights

Page Gardner, president and founder of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute that upheld Ohio’s practice of disenfranchising voters:

“It’s a dark day for democracy now that the Supreme Court has opened the floodgates and encouraged other states to pursue mistake-ridden and inaccurate voter purges.

June 10, 2018
55 Years After the Equal Pay Act, Unmarried Women Still Only Make 70 Cents To a Man’s Dollar


On this day in 1963, President Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act, which intended to end discriminatory wage practices between men and women in similarly held employment positions.

June 5, 2018

Hello California voters! Did you miss your voter registration deadline? No worries – California is a same-day registration state, and you can still make your vote count at the ballot box.

Here’s how:

Find your county’s nearest conditional voter registration location. Travel to the location and file your conditional voter registration. Cast your ballot at the same location!

Easy, right?

June 1, 2018

This June, the Voter Participation Center is celebrating National Homeownership Month and the unmarried women who account for 18 percent of all homeowners. Single women are more than twice as likely to own their home than single men according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors.

Page Gardner, president and founder of the Voter Participation Center, said, “Unmarried women are major contributors to our economy as first-time home buyers, sole household decision makers, or chief breadwinners.

May 18, 2018

Kalena Thomhave of American Prospect writes about our latest report:

Unmarried women are less likely than their married counterparts to register and to vote but they could be a key Democratic voting bloc in November if candidates get moving to address their issues.

A new report from the Washington-based Voter Participation Center, an organization that registers voters and studies voting habits, finds that unmarried women could be a powerful political force, but many don’t vote or aren’t registered to vote.

May 18, 2018

New State-By-State Data on Demographics, Voting and Registration Rates, Economic Impact, Health Care, and More Elected Officials and Candidates Must Recognize the Economic and Political Power of Unmarried Women and Speak To Their Issues

The Voter Participation Center today released a groundbreaking new report: “Unmarried Women in America: Cornerstone of our Democracy.” The report includes previously unreleased research on unmarried women in key battleground states, including data on demographics, voting and registration rates, age, economic impact, health care, educational attainment, and more.

VPC pioneered the concept of a “marriage gap” among women voters, recognizing that whether a woman is either married or unmarried is one of the most powerful predictors of differences in civic participation and voting behavior.


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