Let People Vote - Resources
Voting rights are under attack in this country. States are making it harder for people to vote as legislatures pass voter suppression laws under the pretext of preventing voter fraud and safeguarding election integrity. These regressive laws take many forms and pose significant barriers for eligible voters trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right.
The power to choose who governs is one of the most essential rights Americans share. Yet throughout our history, we have excluded indispensable voices from participating in our democracy. Once the initial barriers were lifted and the expansion of the right to vote was enshrined in the Constitution, the powerful desire to exclude took on more insidious forms — like poll taxes and literacy tests— to eliminate “undesirable” voices from the electorate. African-Americans, women and young people risked their lives for and eventually gained the right to vote.
Take Your Soul to the Poll: Voting Early in Ohio
In 2008, we witnessed the historical gains America has made in ensuring that every eligible American, and in particular historically disfranchised groups, could cast a ballot. Voter turnout in the 2008 election was the most racially diverse in American history, closing the longstanding gap between white and non-white voter participation. And in response to this historic moment, lawmakers nationwide have reinstated barriers along every step of the process. Poll taxes and literacy tests have given way to more modern voter suppression tactics packaged as voter ID laws, restrictions to voter registration and cuts to early voting.
We cannot afford to have laws that push people out of the electorate. In order for this to be a true democracy, every eligible American must be able to vote.
We need to Let People Vote.