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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.

Voting Behavior and The Impact of The Black Vote in 2018 Mid-term Elections

To have similar or greater wins in 2020, candidates must invest in and engage communities of color and the issues that matter most to these constituents.

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Advancement Project’s National Office Successfully Files Election Day Missouri Litigation Mandating Election Officials Accept Approved Voter Identification

Court order prevents election officials from asking registered voters for photo ID

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What to Do if You Experience Intimidation at the Polls

If you’re a voter wondering what you should do if you feel intimidated or targeted at the polls, you are not alone.

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Advancement Project’s National Office Successfully Assists with Election Day Filing of Georgia Litigation to Extend Polling Hours

State Officials Grant Extension Due to Long Lines, Voting Equipment Technical Difficulties

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In Historic Win, Florida Restores Voting Rights to Returning Citizens

In an historic mid-term…

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Advancement Project part of nation’s largest election protection program; voter protection advocates prepared to assist Missouri voters

This non-partisan effort in Missouri, organized by Advancement Project’s national office, a leading voter protection organization, is part of the nation’s largest Election Protection program, designed to assist any voters with questions or issues on Election Day.

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Louisiana Supreme Court Denies Case Seeking Right to Vote for Parolees and Probationers

Organizers Move to Ensure Access to Ballot Under New Law

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Appeals Court Rules that Advancement Project, ACLU Challenge to Missouri Voter ID Implementation Must be Heard

Quite simply, Missouri has failed to put its money where its mouth is. Because of that, the Court is going to allow this case to go to trial. We look forward to our further day in court.”

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Florida Felony Disenfranchisement Brochure

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What Missouri Voters Should Know for the 2018 Election – Palm Card

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Things Every Georgia Voter Should Know – Postcard

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There is opportunity in darkness. Let the movement lead the way.

There is an opportunity in this darkness for us to organize deeper and wider, tapping the incredible energy we have seen in the streets, at the courts and at our state houses.

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