Voting Rights: Resources

 

Research:

For reliable and updated research and analysis, the Brennan Center and Pew Research Center  are the top sources to follow and check on a wide range of issues. 

 

Analysis, Advocacy and Activism:

Major Organizations working on voting rights issues 

Brennan Center for Justice.  On Voting Rights and Election:

Voting is the foundation of our democracy. The Brennan Center is at the center of the fight to preserve and expand the right to vote for every eligible citizen. Through practical policy proposals, litigation, advocacy, and communications, the Brennan Center  works to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all Americans. The Center’s signature proposal to modernize the voter registration system saves money, increases accuracy and participation — and adds an additional 50 million"voters to the rolls permanently."  

See the Brennan Center's  Voting Laws Roundup 2017 published on February 3 2017. The news is not all negative:  there are at least 308 bills to enhance voting access introduced in the 36 states and at least 46 bills to restrict access in 21 states.   

Verified Voting Foundation states its mission to be: 

“Safeguarding elections in the digital age. We are a non-governmental organization working toward accuracy, integrity and verifiability of elections. We believe the integrity and strength of our democracy relies on citizen’s trust that each vote be counted as cast. Our primary concern lies in ensuring that the means for verifying election outcomes is in place and used for that purpose. We also focus on the reliability and security of voting systems."

Democratic Party Voting Rights Institute.

 "The Voting Rights Institute is a permanent organization created to monitor developments in election law, advocate to make voting more accessible, and provide guidance on voting rights and election administration issues. This work is integrally tied to our Party's platform, which commits to fully protecting and enforcing the fundamental right to vote for all eligible Americans. We continue to work to defeat any legislative or political effort that erodes the most fundamental of American rights—the right to vote."

Congressional Voting Rights Caucus.

The goal of this Caucus is to "educate the public on the current voter suppression tactics in place in their home states, districts, and counties, inform constituencies on their rights as voters, and to create and advance legislation that blocks current and future suppressive and discriminatory tactics that deny American citizens the sacred right to vote".

 
The League of Women Voters.   Actively engaged in advocacy, legal action, education and grassroots organizing, for example,  voter registration drives. 
 
"Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League has worked to foster civic engagement and enhance access to the vote since our organization was founded in 1920. Over time our work has evolved from efforts to gain and foster women’s suffrage to ensuring that all eligible voters – particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, including first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, minorities and low-income Americans – have the opportunity and the information they need to exercise their right to vote."
 

Fair Elections Legal Network

provides state specific guides on  voter registration deadlines, and, more signifianly, voter ID requirements for registration and voting.  

Fair Fight Action

founded by Stacey Abrams in 2019. Its mission is to Fair Fight’s mission is to

"advocate for election reform and engage in voter education and turnout to secure the voting rights of Georgians. In the past, the 501(c)4 arm of the organization, Fair Fight Action, conducted a large vote-by-mail program, worked with churches to register voters, educate voters about the elections, voting procedures, and voting rights, and engaged in a get-out-the-vote program to mobilize voters to vote during early voting and on election day. Fair Fight works to ensure all voters have access to the polls. It promotes fair elections in Georgia, promotes voter participation in elections, and provides voter education. Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, lobbies the state legislature for election reform and engages in targeted voter registration and other voter outreach programs and communications."

 

NAACP  Active in advocacy, legal action and grassroots organization

"The NAACP, along with our half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States, are frontline advocates committed to raising awareness for political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens in the electoral process. With approximately 2,000 adult branches, youth councils, and college chapters in 49 states, 5 countries and the District of Columbia, the NAACP is actively engaged in increasing the African American responsiveness of citizens to be fully engaged in the democratic process."

Fair Vote 

" is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. FairVote has a proven record since 1992 as a nonpartisan trailblazer that advances and wins bold electoral reforms at the local, state, and national level through strategic research, communications and collaboration. Today we are the driving force behind advancing ranked choice voting and multi-winner legislative districts that together will open up our elections to better choices, fairer representation and more civil campaigns."   

 

Grassroots Redistricting Project a collaboration among Run for Something, Swing Left and Arena 

The aim is to combat gerrymandering by winning back state legislatures in 9 key states

"...congressional maps get drawn every 10 years, after the Census. State legislatures have direct oversight, and in some states are even drawing the maps themselves. If we don't win these seats in 2020, Republicans can draw the maps in their favor and guarantee they'll win the House not just in 2022, but for the next decade."

Voteriders

 
A non-partisan non-profit organisation that "provides practical assistance and information to ensure voters have the right kind of ID to vote in their state. VoteRiders is the leading organization focusing exclusively on voter ID.
Our current priority states, which have or are poised to enact stringent laws about which IDs are acceptable to vote, are: AL, AZ, FL, GA, IN, KS, MI, MO, ND, NH, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA and WI. Some of these states' voter ID laws leave to others’ discretion whether a resident’s vote will count, or require documentary proof of citizenship to even register to vote. We expect this list to grow, as up to 12 states have pending legislation."
 
 
A new non-partisan volunteer collaborative that fights for election modernisation solutions like Automatic Voter Registration and the Pew Electronic Registration Center.
 
Let America Vote  focuses on grassroots activity. 
 
"Jason Kander started Let America Vote to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot. Whether it’s extreme identification requirements, questionable purges of voter rolls, voter intimidation, new and extreme voter registration processes, or anything that makes voting harder, Let America Vote will be there to lead the way against it. Through online and grassroots organizing, an aggressive earned media strategy, and advertising, Let America Vote will play a crucial role among the existing network of organizations fighting for voting rights."
 
 
 
 

Journals and journalists tracking voting rights issues

Daily Kos.  Articles and posts on Voter Suppression

ProPublica. Runs the Electionland Project which tracks voting problems in real time.  They did this for the 2016 and 2018 elections.

 

Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot and senior writing contributor to The Nation, is always a reliable source to check.

David Daley, author of Ratf**ked, former editor-in-chief of Salon, and currently the Communications Director for Fair Vote.  

Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:  A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits. 2016. 

"The Election was Stolen - Here's How". November 11, 2016. 

"The GOP's Stealth War against Voters". Rolling Stone. August 24, 2016