Voting rights is a racial justice issue. Historically, restrictive election laws such as poll taxes and literacy tests systemically suppressed voting among people of color. Unfortunately, voter suppression efforts aimed at black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) continue today. Current tactics, among others, include passing voter photo ID laws, reducing or changing polling places, reducing or eliminating vote -by-mail, limiting voter registration options, inappropriately purging voter rolls, gerrymandering and promoting felony disenfranchisement.
Below is information for you to learn more and to get information on how to take action.
What to Read
Our current grid of voter requirements by state for 18 states that was based on a review of the websites for Secretary of State offices, Department of Corrections, and/or other state offices.
This is a detailed, powerful summary produced by the National Voter Corps (https://nationalvotercorps.org/about-nvc/) that seeks to answer the question of how and why, 50 years after the passing of the Voting Rights Act, the fundamental right to vote continues to be systematically suppressed.
As voter suppression tactics evolve and court cases continue, the National Voter Corps updated its first overview.
This pamphlet from the National Right To Vote website, (http://nationalrighttovote.org/about/), prepared by Professor Peggy Cooper Davis and her students at NYU Law, provides historical context for the right to vote.
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (https://www.brennancenter.org/) created this summary on qualitative and quantitative analyses on racial disparities in voting day experiences.
What to Watch
Here is a 35 minute powerful documentary about the growing threat of voter suppression to our 2020 election.
“All In: The Fight for Democracy” on Amazon Prime.
Features Stacy Abrams fight in GA and provides excellent historic context.
- What to Do
- Many effective organizations, including the League of Women Voters, are actively working to protect the right to vote. Sign-up for updates and opportunities to engage locally and/or nationally. Here are a few options.