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Top 6 Things Voters Can Do to Support Democracy in 2020

Want to know what you can do to ensure voters in your community can vote in free, fair and safe elections? We’ve got you covered! Explore this Top 6 Things document to learn how you can protect our democracy today.

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Enshrining A #RightToVote in the U.S. Constitution

For nearly two decades, Advancement Project National Office has championed an affirmative and explicit #RightToVote Amendment. On August 4, 2020, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a historic joint resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution to enshrine an affirmative and explicit right to vote.  The Durbin-Warren #RightToVote Amendment would: Guarantee the fundamental right to vote in all public elections to each citizen of legal voting age. Ensure that the right to vote of formerly incarcerated individuals and returning citizens is the same as the right to vote of all…

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Advancement Project National Office Statement: We Endorse the Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Enshrine an Affirmative and Explicit Right to Vote For All

Today, Dick Durbin (D-IL) proposed a constitutional provision finally enshrining the right to vote as a fundamental right in the U.S. Constitution. The Right to Vote Amendment guarantees “the fundamental right to vote in any public election” for every citizen of legal voting age and requires courts to apply the highest level of judicial review to voter suppression laws that deny or restrict the fundamental right to vote, including state criminal disenfranchisement laws. “President Barack Obama recently eulogized Representative John Lewis as a ‘Founding Father’ of ‘a better America’. If John Lewis is a new Founding Father, then this amendment…

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Advancement Project National Office Celebrates National Cousin’s Day!

Did you know July 24 is a national holiday? Advancement Project National Office uplifts National Cousins Day today, which celebrates the extended family members we know and love – our cousins. During this sustained moment of protest and unrest across the country, as well as calls for truth, racial justice and reconciliation, it’s time to lean into the honest perspectives our cousins often provide. When it comes to race, our family can harbor views and beliefs that are ill-informed, ignorant, and damaging.  Because of this, conversations around race can…

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Florida Advocates Expand Access to Voter Registration and Vote-by-Mail, Expand Voter Education through Legal Victory in COVID-19 Elections Case

The legal victory increases access to voter registration and vote-by-mail, and expands voter education, especially among communities of color, college-aged voters and seniors.

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Advancement Project National Office Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

WASHINGTON, DC — As the nation mourns the Friday, July 17, 2020, passing of civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis, Advancement Project National Office offers the following statement. “Like today’s young protesters, Congressman Lewis, put his life on the line to make a better America. The good trouble he committed to led to the Voting Rights Act and brought us closer to equal justice,” said Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project National Office. “He was the conscience of Congress and the protector of voting rights. We mourn the loss of the Congressman who had an incredible spirit and…

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Civil Rights Organizations to IA Governor Reynolds: Restore the Voting Rights of Formerly Incarcerated Iowans Immediately

Quad Cities Interfaith and Advancement Project National Office delivered a letter to Iowa Governor Kimberly Reynolds requesting the immediate restoration of voting rights for people convicted of felonies as soon as they leave prison or begin probation, parole, or other community supervision.

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Florida Voting Rights Organizations Prepare for Legal Showdown in Statewide Elections Trial

A coalition of racial justice organizations filed a trial brief documenting the gross inaction of the state of Florida in making voting changes amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

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Racial Justice Organizations Condemn ‘Catastrophic’ Georgia Primary Election

The state’s primary was a nightmare and the perfect example of how not to run an election.

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Former Virginia Commissioner of Elections Files Brief in Support of Absentee Ballot Accommodations Made by Commonwealth in Wake of COVID-19

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Advancement Project National Office and Hogan Lovells filed an amicus brief and declaration on behalf of Edgardo Cortés, Virginia’s first Commissioner of Elections, in support of the absentee voting accommodations made by Virginia to protect voters from potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. The brief, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Thomas Curtin v. Virginia State Board of Elections, urges the court to deny a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs several weeks into the absentee voting process for the state’s June 23rd primary. “Plaintiffs now…

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