The Right to Vote

Artists for a New South Africa Joins Election Protection Team

Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) has joined People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) and other coalition partners to support the Know Your Rights / Election Protection project, the nation’s most ambitious nonpartisan program to prevent Election Day disenfranchisement. ANSA founders and supporters Blair Underwood, Charles S. Dutton, Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard, Robert Guillaume, and Sinbad recorded radio ads that will run as paid spots and public service announcements on African American-oriented radio stations in a number of states.

America's Election Snafus: 2001-2002

As Election Day 2002 approaches, voters across the country face potential confusion, chaos and most frighteningly, the denial of the fundamental right to vote.

Protecting Against Election Day Disenfranchisement

People For the American Way Foundation joined other national civil rights and civic participation organizations to announce today that the nonpartisan Know Your Rights / Election Protection program will be on the ground across the country on November 5 to educate voters about their rights and offer same-day assistance to voters who run into trouble on Election Day.

Senate Passes Major Election Reform Legislation

Congress has put a major election reform bill in front of President George W. Bush, who is expected to sign it. PFAW worked within a broad coalition seeking a national election reform solution. PFAW views passage of this bill as a major step forward, but is disappointed by some of the final legislation’s provisions.

Juneteenth: A Celebration Of Freedom, A Call To Civic Participation

Two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Africans in Texas received word from Union soldiers on June 19, 1865, that they were free. Today that date, remembered and celebrated as Juneteenth, commemorates the celebration of freedom for African Americans. This year, it also represents the one-year anniversary of the launch of Election Protection, a 21st Century nonpartisan program designed to protect all Americans’ right to vote.

PFAW Foundation, Allies Sue Justice Department over Refusal to Release Information on Detainees

People For the American Way Foundation and 15 other civil liberties and civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department on December 5 after the department refused to release important information about individuals detained during the past three months.

Congress Must "Support and Defend the Constitution"

Congress must challenge moves by Attorney General Ashcroft to undermine civil liberties and evade constitutional system of checks and balances

PFAW Urges Meaningful Reform for 2002 Elections

Backs Dodd-Conyers bill, expresses ‘serious concerns’ over Hoyer-Ney

PFAW Expresses Concerns Over Hoyer-Ney Election Reform Proposal

PFAW Reiterates Endorsement of Dodd-Conyers Bill

Ashcroft’s Relentless Assault On Civil Liberties

Attorney General's Actions Undermine Constitutional Rights, Validate Concerns Raised During Confirmation Hearings. PFAWF's Neas calls for Emergency Congressional Oversight Hearings

A Disgraceful Silence Prevails In Florida

Public fails to receive ample notice of hearings on new election standards; Neas blasts state officials for ‘business-as-usual approach’

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