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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.

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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New Research Indicates Racial Justice is Top Factor Motivating Young Voters of Color

National poll reveals structural inequality,…

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2020 Young Voters of Color Messaging Guide

This guide provides messaging insight on how to motivate young voters of color ahead of the November 2020 elections for President, sheriffs, state attorneys, judges and more. The guide is based on focus groups and national polling of Black, Latinx, Native and Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people ages 18-24 years old

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Voting Rights Organizations File Lawsuit in Florida to Extend Voter Registration Deadline as Online Voter Registration System Crashes

A coalition of voting rights groups filed a lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee to extend the voter registration deadline after the state's online registration system crashed.

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Advancement Project National Office joins Oprah Winfrey, NAACP for OWN Your Vote National Town Hall

Advancement Project National Office will…

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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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