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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.

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

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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

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

Voters showed up in the…

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How to “Cure” Your Ballot in Florida

Black and Brown voters disproportionately have their vote-by-mail ballots rejected. Learn how you can cure your ballot in Florida if you are notified that your ballot is deficient in some way.

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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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Election 2020 Template MOU with Law Enforcement

Explore this draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) voting rights advocates can use to limit and define the roll of police at polling locations.

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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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