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February 5, 2019

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.

January 28, 2019|Voting Rights

“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.

January 2, 2019

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.

November 9, 2018

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.

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.

 

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