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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.

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.

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The year since the election has been challenging. But this moment also presents us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine and rebuild.

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Why do we strip some of the right to vote?

Not all freedom is equal.

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Advancement Project Files Appeal Brief Seeking to Restore Right to Vote In Louisiana

Louisianans believe in second chances and giving people the opportunity to do the right thing.

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Statement on Florida Supreme Court Ruling on Gov. Scott’s Power Grab

No one can thwart the will of a people determined to effect change.

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Voting In Missouri Under the New Voter ID Law

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Rights Restoration: 10 Things Virginians Should Know

Updated August 2017

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Statement from Advancement Project on Pence-Kobach Commission Meeting

We should take down barriers to the ballot and make elections more fair and accessible.

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Shelby v. Holder Ruling Continues to Undermine Voters of Color, Underscores Need for Right to Vote

We need more tools to make elections free and fair.

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Civil Rights Groups to File Appeal to Affirm Right to Vote in Louisiana

“At stake in this case is more than just the legal interpretation of the Louisiana constitution; the case also asks the moral question: which Louisianans deserve to have a voice?”

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Groups Challenge Missouri Photo ID Law in Court

Missouri’s restrictive photo ID law was designed to make it harder for people to vote.

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Missouri Voter Protection Coalition Denounces Ashcroft’s Attack on Right to Vote

Missouri’s photo ID restriction is unnecessary, it is costly, it is confusing, and invariably this law will cut people out.

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Advancement Project’s Statement on Executive Order Establishing “Election Integrity” Advisory Commission

The real fraud is the attempt by opponents of voting rights – following this administration’s lead – to kill the right to vote.

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