The Right to Vote

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.

New revelations spark renewed demand for verifiable, auditable, recountable votes

With new doubts about the reliability and accountability of electronic voting machines and daily revelations of continuing chaos in the Florida elections process — including a Republican Party mailing questioning the ability to recount votes cast by electronic voting machines — People For the American Way Foundation calls for the immediate establishment of voter-verifiable audit trails in Florida to ensure that every vote will count

Civil Rights Commission Investigates Continuing Voter Disenfranchisement and Election Chaos in Florida

Washington - People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) president Ralph G. Neas Thursday testified on the continuing disarray in preparation for the elections in Florida, and detailed a nationwide, nonpartisan coalition program to help protect voter rights: Election Protection.

More Questions than Answers

The Florida Division of Elections press briefing this morning was more of the same from state officials – more questions than answers for voters wondering who will protect their rights this November.

Election Protection Program Gives Florida Voters a Way to Check Potential Felon Match List, Prevent Wrongful Disenfranchisement

People For the American Way Foundation is giving Florida voters the opportunity to search the list of 47,000 "potential felon matches" the state claims may be purged from the voter rolls. The list is now a public document available as a result of the July 1st decision by Leon County Circuit Court in CNN v. Florida Department of State.

Floridians: click here to see if you are on the list

Florida Felon Purge List Made Public

In a victory for Florida voters, Circuit Court Judge Nikki Clark ruled that the list of 47,000 "potential felon matches" who the state claims may be purged from the voter polls must be made available to the public. This is a huge step forward in heading off potentially massive voter disenfranchisement the likes of which occurred in 2000.

Kast Resignation Prompts New Concerns on Florida Voting Purge, Fall Election

Tallahassee, Florida – In the wake of the resignation of the Florida state director of Elections, Ed Kast, People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) called for renewed efforts to restore voters wrongly purged from the voting rolls in 1999 and 2000, and called on Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood to delay implementation of a new purge list for the 2004 elections.

Primary Day Summary Shows Officials, Election Protection Volunteers Working Together to Prevent Problems

Operation of the Election Protection program during New Mexico’s June 1 primary ran smoothly, as poll monitors in Albuquerque helped voters who encountered problems, including polling places that did not open on time, confusing signage, conflicting advice on the use of provisional ballots, and other minor problems that were all settled in a timely fashion, allowing voters to cast their ballots.

People For the American Way Foundation Protests New Voter Purge

People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) is protesting Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood’s order for rapid implementation of a new purge list with the names of 47,000 Floridians, while thousands of voters remain wrongly disenfranchised from the purge lists implemented in the 2000 and 1999 elections. Foundation President Ralph G. Neas said voters wrongly stripped from the rolls in past elections should be restored before the same mistakes are made again, and he offered the foundation’s help.

Florida Felon Purge: Here We Go Again

In the wake of the Florida Secretary of State’s order to evaluate as many as 40,000 “potential felon matches” to determine if they should be removed from the voting rolls, People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) announced plans to contact county election officials to head off the massive voter disenfranchisement caused by a similar voter purge during the 2000 election fiasco.

6 Months to Election Day: Are We Ready?

With exactly six months to go before the elections in November, the Voices of the Electorate (V.O.T.E.) coalition today launched the nationwide, nonpartisan Know Your Rights/Election Protection program with kick-off events in four states: Florida, New Mexico, Ohio and Georgia. With record levels of voter turnout expected, and concerns raised over the reliability and accountability of new voting systems, the nonpartisan program will provide voter education materials, and recruit poll monitors and attorneys to provide free legal advice to voters in key states around the nation.

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