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