The Right to Vote

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.

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.

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