Get Involved With the Fight to Restore America’s Voting Rights

After President Obama’s election in 2008, some state legislatures responded to the increased turnout among young people and people of color by attempting to curb voting rights.

The wave of voter suppression measures accelerated after the 2010 elections, with politicians enacting new laws that made it more difficult to register to vote and curtailed access to the ballot box. This effort got a boost from the Trump administration, which launched its own attacks on voting rights. Following President Trump’s baseless claim that 3 to 5 million people committed voter fraud during the 2016 election, the administration created the sham Pence-Kobach commission to push for restrictive voting laws.

Get Involved – Take Action to Defend Voting Rights Near You

Voting restrictions disproportionately affect the elderly, low-income voters, young people, people with disabilities and communities of color. Many places that have imposed such restrictions also have a long and shameful history of racial discrimination. In the face of these growing attacks on constitutional rights, it is time to go on offense.

The ACLU’s Let People Vote campaign intends to ensure that every American's right to vote is protected.

This 50-state movement will work to strengthen our democracy by lengthening early voting periods, making voter registration more accessible, establishing independent and nonpartisan redistricting commissions, restoring voting rights for disenfranchised communities and continuing to combat attempts at voter suppression, such as discriminatory voter ID requirements and voter purges.

In order to expand access to the ballot, activists across the country will work on a range of issues as part of this campaign:

Election reform

One way to make sure that everyone can exercise the right to cast a ballot is by passing common sense proposals like allowing early voting,  permitting all voters to use absentee ballots without having to provide a justification, Election Day voter registration, online voter registration and automatic voter registration.

Such measures increase turnout by removing unnecessary obstacles.  For example, states that allow citizens to register to vote on Election Day have seen higher voter turnouts than states which prohibit it.

Voting rights restoration

More than 6 million people can’t vote because of past criminal convictions.  These individuals often have little or no way to restore their voting rights. Many voter disenfranchisement laws are carryovers from the post-Civil War “Black Codes,” which sharply curtailed the ability of African Americans to participate in public life.

When Florida decided to ban people who had felony convictions from voting in 1868,  it also enacted draconian laws that sent many black people into the prison  system simply for being poor or not having a job and heightened the penalties for petty crimes.

Today, disenfranchisement laws continue to fuel racial disparities in voting by disproportionally affecting African Americans, and all but two states have some form of such laws on the books.

In Florida, People Power activists are working with Floridians for a Fair Democracy to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to end Florida’s lifetime prohibition on voting for people with certain felony convictions, which bars 1.5 million Floridians — 10 percent  of Florida’s adults and a quarter of the nation’s disenfranchised population — from voting.  In addition to Florida, we will be working in nine other states to restore voting rights.

Redistricting reform

One way politicians have been able to reshape the electorate to their liking is through the redistricting process. Gerrymandering is done to protect incumbent lawmakers, especially when they are members of the party in power. This practice  creates legislative districts that are  so uncompetitive that it discourages voter participation.

Redistricting practices often harm minority voters by diluting their vote and carving up urban areas.  In May, the Supreme Court knocked down two congressional district maps in North Carolina that revealed racial gerrymandering that weakened Black representation.

The drawing of district maps should be done by transparent entities that prioritize community input over undue partisanship.  Such a change would go a long way in making sure that all people are fairly represented in government.

Combating voter suppression

State lawmakers have used a wide variety of tactics to curtail voting, including improper purges of voter rolls, cuts to early voting periods and the number of polling places, and imposing arbitrary photo ID requirements.

African Americans, Latinos, young people, the elderly, people who live in cities and people with disabilities are much more likely to be harmed by such policies, which are typically designed to suppress their vote. To ensure that every eligible voter can cast a ballot, the Let People Vote campaign will work in every state to expand voting rights.  

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Anonymous

People need to look no further than the state legislatures of states like Michigan or Wisconsin , where the votes cast(#) reflect a ratio very different than the electorate would indicate.The ruthlessness and underhandeness of our current politicians and political parties (both)are too blatant to disregard.

Anonymous

For godsakes, voter suppression stops all possibility of justice. It's the bedrock of Republicanism. EVERYBODY needs to get this truth into his and her head -- and work. Work to stop it, change it, kill it forever. -- I live in Alabama, you live in Wisconsin, or North Carolina: you think we didn't lose, still lose today, by seizure of our right to vote?

Christopher Bas...

Roger you’re views are subversive and intellectually bankrupt. Laws, however you would like to argue must be of prudential and careful writing, have been repeatedly made with discriminatory intent. I suppose because Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to get up, a violation of the state law, should have been barred from voting because she by the definition was a “convicted criminal”. Fact challenged Republican repugnant. Educate yourself, perhaps Michelle Alexander’s masterful “The New Jim Crow”, or Chris Hayes newest criminal justice reform book. Best of luck.

Anonymous

You are an idiot and a liar I looked up
The Rosa Parks case up and she was convicted of a misdemeanor not a felony idiot get it straight.

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Anonymous

If you are a convicted felon why should you still have the right to vote? The answer is simple you don't you broke the law pay the consequences. A further explanation of your denial of voter fraud is needed is it not true that counties throughout the United States and California expecially have more registered voters than actually live there? As far as voter ID is concerned , yes it should absolutely be required. In this time and age everybody has I.D.
of some form. If you have a job, any sort of entitlement check, or any type of bank account, or even a credit card or debit card you will have an ID and if you don't that seems to say I'm irresponsible and I shouldn't be voting anyway

lynner4u

"Who but the insane would undertake to believe what is NOT true and then protect this belief at the cost of Truth?"
(from a wisdom book)

The 10th Amendment of the Constitution gives the People the right, authority, responsibility and Power to IMPEACH "ALL CIVIL OFFICERS" - INCLUDING MITCH McCONNELL, PAUL RYAN and all other Republicans - who refuse to honor and uphold their oath of office. The current potus tramples the constitution, breaks the law Congress passed - and he signed - regarding sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 elections.
This is TREASON, according to some: his "giving aid and comfort " to Russia, our enemies. (see Article 3, section 3 of Constitution).
These are impeachable offenses !

The Founding fathers could not have imagined the current events and situation in our country: they could not have imagined a whole party or a whole congress which would sacrifice honor, integrity and the Constitution of the republic for personal gain. They did plan for the unseen and unknowable in 1791, however, when the passed the 10th Amendment, which speaks directly to possibilities not specified within the Constitution.
With the 10th Amendment, the people are delegated the authority, the responsibility and the Power to deal with whatever situation or circumstance was/is not covered by the Constitution. ["The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."]
We, the People, are directed!

McConnell and all the House of Representatives are civil officials who should be impeached as indicated in article 2, section 4, of Constitution
[" The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors" - emphasis, mine] for violating their oath of office AND treason in the form of "giving aid and comfort" to our enemies by allowing the potus to continue his offensive and illegal behavior. (Article 3, section 3 of Constitution )

THE PEOPLE ARE AUTHORIZED TO IMPEACH ALL CONGRESS, ALL POTUS APPOINTEES, the POTUS AND VICE POTUS.

We need a new Congress! The election in 2018 should replace all who refuse to Impeach potus now! A new beginning, as the very first election was.
Support and encourage Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson, women of courage who speak out for impeachment, truth, and justice.
Pursue the path of creativity and unity to replace all "impeachees" with people of integrity and heart for all the states, for the GOOD of the country as a WHOLE!

I encourage people to read the Constitution with new eyes and understanding, looking for things not seen or noticed in past readings. We can make this needed change in our government by the People with TRUTH, rather than manipulation, misinformation, alternative facts, or "fake news". Truth is true, whether we believe it or not.

Let us proceed with integrity and honor, on behalf of ALL the People and the Maker,
Thanks!

Anonymous

It goes against democracy and justice and everything America stands for by judging him guilty until proven innocent.
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Anonymous

If you don't have a valid ID and don't work and pay taxes - you should NOT be allowed to vote. Solve the problem of ILLEGALS and WORTHLESS WELFARE SCUM from voting to take more money away from AMERICAN TAXPAYERS!

Anonymous

Nope, it's part of the punishment. It's like saying the fact that they'll never be able to legal own and carry a firearm is essentially double jeopardy. No, it's another consequence for their poor decision to violate laws.

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