The Right to Vote

Democracia USA Registers More Than 105,000 New Hispanic Voters in 4 States

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.

Missouri Supreme Court Latest to Strike Down Modern Day Poll Tax

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.

People For the American Way Foundation Calls Upon Secretary of State McPherson to Publicly Reinforce Naturalized Immigrants' Right to Vote

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:

Major New Survey Debunks ‘Values Voter’ Myths

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.

PFAW Foundation, Election Protection Help Voters in Montgomery County and Baltimore City

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.

Voter Registration Victory for Nonprofits in Ohio

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.

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:

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