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Voting Rights Restoration

The time is ripe to fundamentally reform our democracy.

The right of Americans to participate meaningfully in political life is under assault. For two decades, Advancement Project National Office has called for a nationwide movement to secure the ultimate protection for voting: an affirmative right to vote at the federal level.

 

Americans today face numerous barriers to the ballot box – strict voter ID laws, proof of citizenship requirements, discriminatory voter purges, draconian felon disenfranchisement schemes, and an assortment of inconsistent and complex voting guidelines at the state and local level. These barriers have a disproportionate impact on voters of color, low-income voters, and elderly voters.

Moreover, today, hostility at all three branches of government elevates legal and legislative schemes at the state and national levels that create those barriers to voting and building power for people of color. With the Department of Justice retreating on its oversight of discriminatory state voting practices and with the U.S. Supreme Court poised to further weaken national protections for voting, we are fighting against the dangerous narrative of voter fraud promoted by the current administration that is intended to justify further hurdles for voters of color, precisely as they become an ever larger proportion of the Growing American Electorate – poised to take power. This is no coincidence.

Much of our current work focuses on the great stain in our democracy during this era of mass incarceration – the mass denial of civil life to those who have paid their debt to society or endured wrongful conviction and imprisonment. Our right to vote work spans Louisiana, Virginia, Missouri and Florida, where in November 2018, we worked alongside grassroots partners to win Amendment 4 which restored the right to vote to 1.4 million Returning Citizens. Our long-time work defending the fundamental right to vote in Missouri has included several successful right to vote and rights restoration wins.

Watch: Desmond Meade and Judith Browne Dianis talk about rights restoration in Florida

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Statement: Despite Numerous Voter Suppression Tactics on Election Day, Advancement Project National Office Attributes High Voter Turnout to Power of Grassroots, National Voting Rights Movements

Still, voting needs to be made easier Today, voters around the country — particularly Black, Brown, elderly and poor people — encountered numerous hurdles voting in-person on Election Day in an election season fraught with voter suppression. From challenges voting without the full repayment of fines and fees, to the presence of police at polls, from confusion around “curing” ballots, to finding official and secure ballot drop boxes and challenges with voter intimidation, it is obvious that voter suppression was a consistent challenge. Advancement Project National Office, a national racial justice organization released the following statement:…

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Statement: Florida Voters Face Numerous Obstacles on Election Day, as Advancement Project National Office and Partners Support Election Protection Efforts in the State

Today, Florida voters encountered numerous hurdles voting in-person on Election Day in an election season fraught with voter suppression. From the Republican legislature’s action to prevent Returning Citizens from voting without the full repayment of fines and fees to the refusal of the State of Florida to extend online voter registration on the voter registration deadline, it is obvious that voter suppression was a consistent presence in Florida’s 2020 elections. Advancement Project National Office, a national racial justice organization released the following statement: “It is…

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Statement: Advocates, Volunteers Instrumental in Voter Turnout at PA Polls

Voters showed up in the face of voter intimidation, threats of militias during Election 2020 ALLENTOWN, PA – Today, Pennsylvania voters, and particularly voters of color in Lehigh County, experienced numerous hurdles on Election Day, including instances of voter intimidation, the looming threat of militia violence, and political framing that suggested the state would cheat in the election. Advancement Project National Office lawyers were on standby, supporting election protection efforts and addressing issues as they arose. “Advancement Project National Office is on the ground to ensure that every vote is counted,” explained Flavia Jimenez, former Senior Attorney and Project…

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GA Civil Rights Groups Aim to Advance Racial Justice, Hold Sheriffs Accountable at the Polls

Georgia NAACP, New Georgia Project, GLAHR and Advancement Project National Office launch TransformGeorgia.org to educate voters about local sheriff elections and impact the future of policing in the Peach State

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Advancement Project National Office Announces Get Out the Vote Partnership to Turnout Young Voters of Color

Advancement Project National Office announced a new partnership with Win Black / Pa’lante to motivate young voters of color to cast a ballot in the 2020 elections and fight mis- and disinformation targeting Black and Brown voters.

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Civil Rights Group Demands Action by State of Louisiana to Remedy Violations of Federal Voting Rights Law

Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) issued a demand letter to Louisiana Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin for violations of the National Voter Registration Act. The group is prepared to take legal action unless the State removes administrative barriers blocking formerly incarcerated Louisianans from registering to vote.

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We sued to extend Virginia’s voter registration deadline. Now voters must use it!

The 2020 election will be one of the most important elections of our lifetime, and it is important that every Virginia voter who wants to cast a ballot register by 11:59 pm tonight, October 15.

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Voting Rights Organizations Celebrate Legal Victory Extending Virginia Voter Registration Deadline Through October 15

A U.S. District Court ruled that Virginia must extend the voter registration deadline to Thursday, October 15 to remedy the harm caused to voters when the state’s voting systems went down on the final day of voter registration.

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Voting Rights Organizations File Lawsuit to Extend Virginia’s Voter Registration After Statewide Voting System Failure

A coalition of voting rights groups filed a lawsuit against s to extend Virginia’s voter registration deadline after the Commonwealth’s voting systems went down on the last day that Virginians can register to vote.

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Voting Rights Organizations Resolve to Protect Florida Voters as State Continues History of Voter Suppression

On Friday, October 9, a coalition of voting rights organizations reacted to a court’s decision not to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline after the state’s online registration system crashed on Monday.

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