Voting and Electoral Issues Home Page
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Welcome to the Voting Rights Policy Network
Watch the presentation from the Voting Rights Group here
Why should we make Voting Rights advocacy our New Year’s resolution?
• Because being able to vote is the foundation of our democracy. It’s a right of citizenship.
• Because voting is the most direct way of making our voices heard and influencing change in the policies that affect our lives. It’s about protecting our human rights and the ability to live with dignity.
• We vote for ourselves today, for our children tomorrow and to protect the generations to come.
Read about the David Daley talk on gerrymandering that was held on September 21
What can you do?
Phonebank to get others to register and vote - join Democrats Abroad Phonebanking team now!
Check our Voting from Abroad section for updates
Major Organizations working on voting rights issues
" 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."
"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."
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".
provides state specific guides on voter registration deadlines, and, more signifianly, voter ID requirements for registration and voting.
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."
" 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."
Journals and journalists tracking voting rights issues
Daily Kos. Articles and posts on Voter Suppression
Mother Jones. Live Updates of the problems at the polls so far: Live updates of Election Day snafus, shenanigans and suppression. On the 2016 election
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
Topics and Issues
While all these issues and topics are interconnected, we have divided material into categories - often overlapping! Send us your recommendations to improve and extend the material we provide. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Voter suppression and disenfranchisement: an overview
Voting infrastructure: administration, organization and technology; issues with voting rolls, voting machines and hacking
Restricting the right to vote: voter ID laws, purging electoral rolls, felon disenfranchisement and the myth of voter fraud
Voter protection and assistance: agencies and laws
Ethnic minorities and the right to vote
Updates on legal changes, challenges and legislative reform
Who is protecting voters' rights?
What can you do?
The 2012 CAMPAIGN: archived material is here including material on voter suppression
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Produced by Elaine Capizzi , Updated September 2017