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Voting Rights

The legacy of white supremacy that criminalizes, kills, and steals people of color from the futures they deserve has another less visible, but important disempowering effect: The deprivation of our right to vote.

Not long ago there were poll taxes and literacy tests, and sheriffs stood outside of polling places preventing Black people from voting. Volunteers registering African Americans to vote were persecuted and even killed. The remnants of these practices remain today, better disguised. Rather than wielding weapons or physically blocking people from voting, state, local, and federal governments are enacting policies and practices to curtail the growing political power of voters of color as they emerge into the new American majority.

This is why we fight. Advancement Project partners with bold, movement- and strategy-minded visionaries and doers to undo this legacy. Our partners are in the forefront of battles to restore voting rights to populations who were overly criminalized and remove barriers to the ballot before Election Day. Importantly, we are also pioneers in the fight to eliminate these wrongs once and for all by establishing a national right to vote. We have been on the front lines of fights for voting rights because access to the ballot gives communities of color power and self-determination in the matters that impact their lives.

Rights Restoration

From Louisiana to Florida and Virginia, Advancement Project is actively supporting partners undoing the remnants of Jim Crow legacies that deprive communities – largely people of color – from their voice and vote even after serving their sentences.

Voter Protection

We are fighting unprecedented legal and legislative schemes at state and national levels that have a disparate effect on people of color’s access to the ballot. Advancement Project is deeply involved in movement-based work aimed at blocking barriers to the ballot for voters of color and expanding access to the vote before Election Day.

Democratizing Voter Protection

We are building a sustainable voter protection infrastructure that is owned and operated by local grassroots groups. By training local grassroots leaders to be the eyes and ears on the ground, voter protection captains can use their local relationships and their power to fix problems as they arise.

Right to Vote

The lack of an affirmative right to vote in the U.S. Constitution is inextricably tied to the history of racism in America, as the founders compromised on this right to accommodate slave states. Hundreds of years after the founding of the United States, we are still fighting this original sin. Advancement Project works with seasoned leaders and emerging movements to foster a pro-democracy movement that uplifts the fundamental right to vote.

Election 2020: How to Vote State Primers

As a part of our efforts to ensure voters, especially voters of color, have the tools they need to vote safely this year, Advancement Project National Office has developed state primers that provide critical information on how to vote.

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What Every Florida Voter Should Know 2020

How can voters in Florida best prepare for the 2020 election? Check out this document to learn more about voter registration deadlines, vote-by-mail options and how to vote in-person.

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What Every Virginia Voter Should Know 2020

How can voters in Virginia best prepare for the 2020 election? Check out this document to learn more about voter registration deadlines, vote-by-mail options and how to vote in-person.

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What Every Georgia Voter Should Know 2020

How can voters in Georgia best prepare for the 2020 election? Check out this document to learn more about voter registration deadlines, vote-by-mail options and how to vote in-person.

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What Every Arizona Voter Should Know 2020

How can voters in Arizona best prepare for the 2020 election? Check out this document to learn more about voter registration deadlines, vote-by-mail options and how to vote in-person.

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What Every Pennsylvania Voter Should Know 2020

How can voters in Pennsylvania best prepare for the 2020 election? Check out this document to learn more about voter registration deadlines, vote-by-mail options and how to vote in-person.

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What Every Michigan Voter Should Know 2020

How can voters in Michigan best prepare for the 2020 election? Check out this document to learn more about voter registration deadlines, vote-by-mail options, and how to vote in-person.

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2020 Rights Restoration Convening Toolkit

The voting rights restoration toolkit provides how-to voting guidance for Returning Citizens, information around jail voting, know-your-rights at the polls guidance and a model memorandum of understanding between election officials and law enforcement. It also provides messaging guidance around the upcoming election.

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Women Did That! 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

One hundred years ago today,…

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Racial Justice Organization Issues Statement on Florida’s Amendment 4 Hearing

Advancement Project National Office issued a statement on Florida's Amendment 4 hearing. "No Floridian should have to choose between participating in democracy and food for their families, housing, childcare or transportation to work."

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Enshrining A #RightToVote in the U.S. Constitution

For nearly two…

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Advancement Project National Office Statement: We Endorse the Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Enshrine an Affirmative and Explicit Right to Vote For All

Today, Dick Durbin (D-IL) proposed…

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