The Right to Vote

The New Face of Jim Crow: Voter Suppression in America

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.

Voters Rights Groups File Suit to Overturn Restrictive Registration Rules

A voting rights coalition including PFAW Foundation has issued a statement on their lawsuit.
A group of civic organizations filed a lawsuit today seeking to overturn restrictions on voter registration in the state of Ohio. The requirements laid out by the state drastically limit the ability of civic groups to register new voters and threaten individual registration workers with felony charges for minor mistakes handling forms. The rules will limit voter registration, unnecessarily exclude eligible voters from the election process, and suppress the vote in Ohio.

People For the American Way Delivers First Wave of Petitions Calling for Voting Rights Act Passage

On June 29, PFAW delivered the first batch of citizen petitions calling for the immediate passage of the Voting Rights Act to the offices of the House leadership: Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

On June 27, Yesterday, a band of renegade GOP House members' effort to undermine critical portions of the Act by imposing what Congressman Lewis (D-GA) called a "modern day literacy test" was soundly defeated.

The momentum is building and we must not let up until the Voting Rights Act is renewed.

Sign the petition here:

Justice Department Actions Show Bush Administration's Lack of Commitment to Civil Rights

Political Officials Overrule Civil Rights Staff, Allow Georgia to Institute Egregious Voter ID Provision

The Washington Post revealed on Thursday that senior political officials in the U.S. Justice Department overruled a team of Justice Department lawyers and analysts who recommended rejecting a Georgia voter-identification law because it was likely to discriminate against black voters. The state has since been prevented by federal courts from implementing the law.

Statement on the Introduction of the Count Every Vote Act

Ralph G. Neas, President of People For the American Way (PFAW), spoke at a news conference on Capitol Hill marking the introduction of the “Count Every Vote Act” by Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), John Kerry (D-MA) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

PFAW’s sister organization, People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF), is a founding member of the Election Protection coalition, which deployed 25,000 poll monitors and voter assistance volunteers at polling sites throughout the nation during the November elections.

Neas released the following statement:

Dispenses the Myth of “Smooth” 2004 Elections: Shattering The Rose-Colored Glasses

Lead Groups in Election Protection’s Massive Voting Rights Mobilization Release Post-Election Review Documenting Barriers to Ballot, Systemic Inequities and Irregularities

The myth that the 2004 elections ran smoothly has become conventional wisdom for pundits and politicians, but nothing could be further from the truth.

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