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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.

Missouri Legislature Passes Bills to Undercut Fundamental Right to Vote

Making it harder for some communities to cast a ballot is not only undemocratic, but also unconstitutional.

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Shelby v. Holder Three Years Later

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NC Ruling Just the First Step in Legal Battle to Protect Voters of Color

The court’s decision admits historic discrimination, but ignores how that discrimination impacts voting rights today.

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Civil Rights Organizations Applaud Virginia Governor’s Move to Expand Democracy, Restore Voting Rights for Persons With Prior Felony Convictions

Our justice system is built on the principals of redemption – that people may redeem themselves from past mistakes and be welcomed home to their communities.

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Supreme Court Ruling on Texas Redistricting Case Affirms Value of One Person, One Vote

Today’s ruling is one step, of many, needed to protect the core values of representative and constitutional democracy.

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Long Lines in Arizona Signal Electoral Chaos; Voters of Color Face Steep Barriers to the Ballot

There is no excuse for the top elections officials to not have known, remembered, or expected the growing participation of Latino voters.

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Plaintiff in Trial Challenging NC’s Restrictive Voter ID Law to Visit White House

Ms. Eaton embodies the spirit of democracy.

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Testimony of Denise Lieberman in Opposition to SJR20 and SB594

Testimony of Denise Lieberman, Senior…

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Questions and Answers: Interstate Crosscheck Program & Electronic Registration Information Center

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Summary of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

Introduced January 16, 2014

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We Know How to Fix This

Recommendations for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

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The Time Tax

America’s newest form of voter suppression for millennials, and how it must be eliminated to make voting accessible for the next generation

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