As the November elections approach, the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition is launching its national 1-866-OUR VOTE voter assistance hotline and the poll location web site www.MyPollingPlace.com. 1-866-OUR-VOTE is the only national voter assistance hotline staffed by live call center operators trained to provide state specific assistance to all voters.
Amid the mounting scandal surrounding intimidation letters to registered voters with Spanish surnames in Orange County, People For the American Way Foundation is asking Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to further reassure all naturalized citizens in California that their votes will count.
Democracia U.S.A. (DUSA), a national non-partisan Hispanic civic engagement program, announced today that it has registered over 105,342 new Hispanic voters from Arizona, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania—creating a 27 percent increase in the number of registered Hispanic voters in Pennsylvania alone. DUSA, a project of People For the American Way Foundation, has active operations throughout Hispanic neighborhoods in each of these states.
Today, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down the state’s burdensome voter identification law that would have required all Missourians to show a government-issued photo ID, a modern-day poll tax that was also struck down in Georgia and Arizona, both with similar voter ID bills.
In response to the intimidating letter sent to Spanish-surnamed registered voters in Orange County and intended to stop these naturalized citizens from voting, Melissa Daar, California Policy and Field Director of People For the American Way Foundation issued the following statement:
A major new survey released by the Center for American Values in Public Life refutes some widely held assumptions about how Americans’ religious views and values influence their political behavior. The study indicates that even among evangelical Christians, issues like addressing poverty and providing affordable health care handily trump restricting access to abortion and banning gay marriage.
Maryland election officials moved to limit voter disenfranchisement in Montgomery County Maryland and Baltimore City by extending voting by an hour in both jurisdictions. The decision to extend voting in Baltimore came after a lawsuit filed by the NAACP through the Election Protection coalition, led by PFAW Foundation, the NAACP, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law.
On September 1, People For the American Way Foundation hailed a court victory in Ohio, where U.S. District Judge Kathleen O’Malley issued a preliminary injunction against portions of Ohio’s new voter law and Secretary of State Ken Blackwell’s restrictive interpretations of that law.
It is becoming much harder for many Americans to vote. The barriers range from unintentional to obvious to insidious, and they are proliferating across the nation. Racial minorities, students, the poor, and senior citizens are bearing the brunt of new rules and regulations that discourage and limit voting.