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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.

Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America

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Advancement Project National Office Celebrates Major Victory in Missouri Voter ID Supreme Court Case

In a 5-2 decision in Priorities USA v. Missouri, the state Supreme Court struck down a provision requiring voters to present identification with a photo to cast a ballot.

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Advancement Project National Office Statement on the Passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today,…

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We Vote, We Count: The Need for Congressional Action to Secure the Right to Vote for All Citizens

The Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative,…

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A World Free of Voter Suppression

Gilda Daniels, Advancement Project’s Litigation Director is author of the new report: "We Vote We Count: the Need for Congressional Action to Secure the Right to Vote for all Citizens." Listen as she talks voter suppression in the 21st Century.

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Racial Justice Organizations Release “We Vote We Count” Report  

The "We Vote We Count" Report highlights barriers to voting for communities of color in states across the country.

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Missouri Voting Rights Advocates Achieve Legal Victory Expanding Statewide Access to Voter Registration

Missouri voting rights advocates celebrated a significant victory making it easier for state residents to exercise their fundamental right to vote.

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Top 10 Things Florida Voters Should Know 2019-2020

Voting laws have recently changed…

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Trial Challenging Missouri’s Voter ID Law Set to Start Monday

CONTACT: Joshua Garner 240-326-3874…

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Advancement Project Turns 20

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Enough is Enough

Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, "We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts."

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Civil Rights Organization Vows to Continue Fight to Ensure All Eligible Floridians Can Register and Vote, Despite Efforts to Undermine Amendment 4

“This legislation is about deterring Floridians who are less likely to vote for the current crop of legislators from casting a ballot – and that means Black & Brown people."

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