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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.

Statement on Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

For people of color, there is no limit to what could hang on the balance with this nomination.

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Attacks on Voting Rights Are Intolerable, Must Be Condemned

Buttressed on a lie, Trump is looking to make it harder to vote by questioning the integrity of our election system.

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Statement from Missouri Voter Protection Coalition on Amendment 6

Missouri’s photo ID requirement could still be subject to legal challenge under other provisions of state and federal law, including the United States Constitution.

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Voting Rights Advocates Take Stand Against Voter Intimidation in North Miami

Barriers have been strategically placed and found in every step of the voting process from registration all the way to the ballot box.

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Voting Rights Advocates Demand Removal of Police in Polling Places

Placing police at poll sites can be inherently intimidating to voters, particularly in communities of color where such presence has historical ties to efforts to impede voter access to the polls.

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Letter to Greene County Clerk’s Office

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Top 10 Things Missouri Voters Should Know for the 2016 Election

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Rampant, Racially Charged Falsehoods About Voter Fraud Undermine Our Democracy

No one – no individual, organization or candidate – has the right to restrict participation of eligible voters in the process.

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Voting Rights Advocates Detail Plans to Combat Voter Intimidation

Voters should have confidence that this election cycle, there will be an army of legal staff, non-profits and volunteers who will be working to ensure their access to the ballot.

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10 Things Florida Voters Should Know for the 2016 Election

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Georgia Voter Protection Laws in a Nutshell, 2016

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Top 10 Things Georgia Voters Should Know for the 2016 Election

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