The Right to Vote

Run-Up to Election Exposes Widespread Barriers to Voting

Some public and Party officials focus on preventing rather than encouraging voting,

With just hours left before final voting in the 2004 election, it is clear that barriers to voting have arisen in recent months and days that could pose enormous risk for voter disenfranchisement, particularly among minority, immigrant and low-income Americans, according to a report released by three national voting rights organizations: People For the American Way Foundation, the NAACP, and t

Reports on Rehnquist's Health Remind Nation of Crucial Election Issue

News organizations reported today that Chief Justice Rehnquist was treated for thyroid cancer this past weekend and is expected to return to the bench within a week. People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas released the following statement:

We wish Chief Justice Rehnquist a full and speedy recovery and are pleased to hear that he is expected to return to work shortly.

Freedom Fall: Election Protection 2004

An Edit Memo from Ralph G. Neas

In the largest national voter protection mobilization since Freedom Summer forty years ago, thousands of Americans are packing their bags and preparing to travel to other states in order to encourage and protect voters at risk of disenfranchisement this November 2.

Neas Calls for Justice Department Investigation in Continuing Florida Election Scandals

Washington - People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) President Ralph G. Neas said today that new revelations from a “smoking email” about Governor Jeb Bush’s involvement in the attempted implementation of a voter purge list in Florida demand the appointment of a special counsel by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Registration Shredding Scandal Threatens Voters, Election

In response to reports of a scheme to destroy Democratic voter registrations by Voter Outreach of America, a Republican Party-funded group that is registering voters in a number of states, People For the American Way Foundation President Ralph G. Neas issued the following statement:

"Election Protection" Protects Voter Rights, Counters Intimidation

Washington - The need to protect voter rights in the face of attempts to suppress and intimidate voters -- especially minority voters -- is crucial this election year, People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) president Ralph G. Neas said today at a Capitol Hill news conference with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

PFAWF Protests Denial of Registration for New Fla Voters

People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) today asked Florida election officials to reverse a decision to throw out thousands of otherwise valid voter registrations simply because applicants forgot to check a box indicating that they are U.S. citizens.

Nonpartisan Voter Reg Group Sues Homeland Security, City of Miami Beach over Denial of Access to New Citizens

Miami Beach, FL – Mi Familia Vota (MFV), a nonpartisan voter registration effort committed to empowering Hispanic citizens, went to federal court on Wednesday to prevent the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the City of Miami Beach from forcing people registering new voters off of public sidewalks just outside the Miami Beach Convention Center during naturalization ceremonies scheduled for Friday, September 17.

The Long Shadow of Jim Crow: Voter Suppression in America

This report lays out a historical review of more than a hundred years of efforts to suppress and intimidate minority voters following emancipation, through Reconstruction and the “Second Reconstruction,” the years immediately following the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

"World's Longest Unemployment Line" Winds Through New York City

From Wall Street to Madison Square Garden, Dramatic Three-Mile-Long Unemployment Line Highlights Greatest Sustained Job Loss since Great Depression

New York – Today nearly 8,000 people formed a three-mile long symbolic unemployment line through the heart of New York City, drawing the nation’s attention to failed economic policies that have left 8.2 million Americans unemployed.

Election Protection “Test Run” Going Smoothly

Coalition Poll Monitors and Lawyers Assist Voters
Despite scattered reports of problems, as of 6:15 p.m. today, Florida’s primary is going fairly smoothly, as was expected. The Election Protection Coalition’s 60-precinct trial run delivered excellent results, with numerous reports from voters, and strong participation by volunteer canvassers, poll monitors, lawyers and law students offering assistance and advice.

Volunteers Trained To Protect Voters

TracFone Wireless Provides Wireless Phones and Airtime to Support Election Protection Efforts

Court Overrules "No-Recount Rule" For Florida Vote Machines

In a tremendous victory for Florida voters, a decision by a Florida state administrative court to require that the results from electronic voting machines must be included when recounts are ordered in close Florida elections. PFAWF intervened in the case brought against the Florida Department of State by the ACLU and other civil rights' advocates.

The Long Shadow of Jim Crow: People For the American Way Foundation and NAACP Release Report on Voter Intimidation and Suppression in America

Less then ten weeks before the national elections, potential problems with voter registration lists, new and unproven technologies, insufficient resources for poll worker training, and inadequate voter education are increasingly being scrutinized for their potential to rob voters of their right to cast a vote that is counted. These, however, are not the only threats to the integrity of the elections, as a report released by People For the American Way Foundation and the NAACP makes clear.

Volunteers Trained To Protect Voters

Training for Election Protection volunteers in Colorado. TracFone Wireless provides wireless phones and airtime to support Election Protection efforts.

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