At EveryDistrict Action Fund, we empower people to take part in the political process. We believe that the right to vote is the most fundamental right in our democracy and that our elected leaders should make it as easy as possible for as many people as possible to vote.
State government plays a large role in legislating voting rights, which is why EveryDistrict Action Fund is focused on implementing pro-voting policies in the states.
But in recent years, only one political party has shown an interest in this agenda. States that have fallen under Republican control in the past decade have seen one restrictive voting policy after another passed by legislatures and signed into law by governors. In contrast, when Democrats took control of Congress in the 2018 election, the first bill introduced was a sweeping measure to expand voting rights.
With the victories in November, Democrats have trifectas in 14 states and legislative supermajorities with a Republican governor in 3 states. We firmly believe that state-level Democrats should follow the agenda set by Congressional Democrats to enact a strong voting rights agenda in the states.
Our work on voting rights outlines the fundamental elements of a healthy American democracy and how Democrats can improve democracy in the states they control now. This Voting Rights Scorecard will help activists chart a path to improve democracy in their communities. In addition to emerging and proven ideas like mail-in voting, automatic voter registration, and felon re-enfranchisement, this report introduces the idea of a “Wait Time Service Standard,” an approach to reducing the long lines that dissuade people from voting and disproportionately affect minority and low-income voters.
Voting Rights Scorecard: Improving Democracy with a Voting Rights Agenda
Agenda for 2019
In 2019, activists in these 17 states have a clear mandate: Lobby their elected officials to embrace a voting rights agenda that makes it easy for every citizen to engage in the political process.
Legislatures are currently in session in 16 of the 17 states highlighted in our report. From New York to Hawaii, Democrats are taking the charge to open our democracy to all.
We’ll help you join them. Click on a state below to learn how you can take action to advance voting rights in that state.
Questions? Are you working on voting rights, too? Let’s collaborate! Send us an email at email@example.com; we’d love to hear from you.
If you like what we’re doing, we hope you’ll support us so we can continue to make progress on voting rights in states across the country. You can donate to EveryDistrict Action Fund using the button below.
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