Voter Suppression and Election Integrity

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Voters are being disenfranchised in record numbers in recent years, as tactics for voter suppression have proliferated.  This primary the problem finally took the center stage.  While widespread electoral dysfunction persists, laws aimed at suppressing voters are proliferating since Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was gutted.  Since then, 22 states have enacted laws making it harder for people to vote.  Greg Palast estimates the number of disenfranchised voters will top 7 million this year.

Of course, some disenfranchisement is unintentional, as rules vary from state to state and are confusing.  Of course, many poll workers are hard-working, dedicated people who care deeply, but there are a handful of partisan or incompetent people that are mucking things up.  To add to the problem, a lot of the election equipment is old, crappy and prone to tampering.  With everything coming to light, it’s time to demand changes that protect every American’s sacred right to vote.  We must be vigilant.

We believe it’s time for a complete overhaul and a Constitutional Amendment to protect every American’s right to vote.

THE PROBLEMS

 

SOLUTIONS:

  • DEMAND TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS WITH PAPER BALLOTS
  • DEMAND PUBLIC OVERSIGHT OF ELECTIONS
  • DEMAND AN AMENDMENT TO PROTECT EVERY CITIZEN
  • MAKE ELECTION DAY A NATIONAL HOLIDAY
  • DEMAND OPEN PRIMARIES SO THAT ALL VOICES ARE HEARD
  • BRING AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION TO YOUR STATE! (like they have in Oregon, California, West Virginia and Vermont)
  • ASK YOUR STATE TO REINSTATE THE VOTING RIGHTS OF EX-FELONS(Just like Maryland and Virginia just did)
  • MAKE NOISE IF YOU SEE SOMETHING WRONG
  • REPEAL H.A.V.A. (Help America Vote Act 2002)
  • HOLD BIG MEDIA ACCOUNTABLE TO COVER WHAT IS HAPPENING
  • PETITION FOR REDRESS – AFTER VOTING FIASCOS in Arizona, NY and beyond many citizens have pursued lawsuits and petitions to demand re-votes, full audits, asking for an investigation by the Department of Justice and firing incompetent elections officials.
  • MAKE YOUR VOICE AND CONCERNS HEARD, HOWEVER YOU CAN!

BILLS BEFORE CONGRESS

  • The SAFE Act HR 1562
  • Constitutional Amendment regarding the right to vote HJ Res 74
  • Weekend Voting Act HR 1094
  • FAST Voting Act of 2017 HR 1398
  • Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act HR 946
  • 21st Century Voting Act HR 893
  • Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2017 HR 1907
  • Streamlined and Improved Methods ACT HR 787
  • Every Vote Counts Amendment HJ Res 65
  • Amendment to the Constitution to protect the voting rights of the citizens of the US. HJ Res 28
  • Voting rights for residents of all United States territories and commonwealths HJ Res 91
  • National Voting Rights Act Mobilization Day H Con Res 9

READ ABOUT THE RECOUNT EFFORTS

READ ABOUT THE PROBLEMS IN THE PRIMARIES 2016

    DO WE KNOW THAT THE 2016 ELECTIONS WERE NOT HACKED?

    DHS Never Ran Audit to See if Votes Were Hacked

    BUT ELECTION EQUIPMENT ISN'T HOOKED UP TO THE INTERNET...

    Testimony that there were modems found in 2016 election equipment in Wisconsin

    IN 2017 DEFCON HOSTED VOTING VILLAGE TO HACK INTO THE MACHINES

    HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST TO SECURE OUR ELECTIONS?

    Making U.S. Elections More Secure Wouldn't Cost Much But No One Wants To Pay
     

    LIST OF GROUPS WORKING ON ELECTION INTEGRITY AND VOTING RIGHTS

        VOTER SUPPRESSION IS RAMPANT!   Voter IDs, long lines, insufficient polling places, lost voter registration, switched polling locations, misinformation, etc. Help stop it!  Check if you are registered:  http://canivote.org  Report anything wrong:  http://866ourvote.org/    VOTING RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK   A total of 21 states have passed voting restrictions since 2010. (AL, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, OH, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV) And in 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, which had been in place for 50 years.   Brennan Center for Justice  is doing great work to help. We encourage you join their efforts and get their newsletters.   BILLS IN CONGRESS   Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 12)   Amends the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) to require each state to make available official public websites for online voter registration, same day registration and voter registration of individuals under 18 years of age.  Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit hindering, interfering with, or preventing voter registration.  Key Sponsor: Rep. Lewis    Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (H.R. 2867/S. 1659)   A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.  Key Sponsor: Rep. Sewell/Sen. Leahy   Automatic Voter Registration (H.R. 2694)   To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each State to ensure that each individual who provides identifying information to the State motor vehicle authority is automatically registered to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual does not meet the eligibility requirements for registering to vote in such elections or declines to be registered to vote in such elections, and for other purposes.  Key Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline     PEOPLE POWER PROGRESS UPDATES  In April 2016, Virginia  restored voting rights  to 200,000+ ex-felons!  In February 2016, Maryland  restored voting rights  to 40,000 ex-felons!  In October 2015, California  passed automatic voter registration,  now  dozens of other states  are considering similar laws.  In March 2015, Oregon  showed a new way  forward on voting rights with a new law that ensures Oregonians are automatically registered to vote.  In January 2015 President Obama mentions  mandatory voting  as a solution.  31 states have online voter registration.   ACTION STEP 1:    REGISTER TO VOTE (REGISTER ONLINE HERE)    ACTION STEP 2:  ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS TO VOTE   Share why you care about voting. Positive peer pressure actually has an influence. Remind them to vote prior to election day and follow up on the day of any local or federal elections via phone calls, text and social media.   ACTION STEP 3:  DEMAND UNIVERSAL VOTER REGISTRATION (which just passed in OR & CA)   Sign this  Common Good petition   Sign this  USPIRG petition    ACTION STEP 4:   START A CONVERSATION ABOUT MANDATORY VOTING  After the dismal turnout of the last few elections ( 36.4% ) CNN ran a series of opinions after asking the question:  Should Americans be forced to vote? , The Washington Post ran an opinion piece called  A case for compulsory voting , and The Atlantic published  A Feasible Roadmap to Compulsory Voting .   It seems that Americans may just be ready for what some think is a radical idea. In the 1920s Australia took a bold step and required every voting-age citizen to vote (compulsory voting) - just like jury duty in the U.S. Within four years voting participation jumped from 59% to 91%! Today ten countries have compulsory voting; voters pay a small fine if they don’t vote. Another 14 countries have non-enforced compulsory voting. Even though this could take many years to put in place in the US, we can start talking about it and understand what it means.    10 countries have enforced compulsory voting (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Congo, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Nauru, Peru, Singapore, Uruguay)  14 countries have non-enforced compulsory voting    Jury duty is mandatory; why not voting?    Mandating voting has a clear effect: It raises participation rates. Before Australia    adopted    compulsory voting in 1924, for example, it had turnout rates similar to those of the U.S. After voting became mandatory,    participation    immediately jumped from 59 percent in the election of 1922 to    91 percent    in the election of 1925.“    Peter Orszag - Bloomberg News        “I'm not here to tell you to vote, I'm here to remind you that other people can't. Compulsory voting is the guarantee of voter freedom, not its opposite.” -   Van Badham – The Guardian     LEARN ABOUT SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION (not in all states)  Demos put together a great info package about  same day voter registration   LEARN MORE WAYS TO INCREASE VOTING RIGHTS & TURNOUT   Learn more .  Brennan Center lays out several great solutions:   Modernize Voter Registration    Restore the Voting Rights Act    Expand Early Voting    Restore Voting Rights to Citizens with Past Criminal Convictions    Replace Outdated Voting Machines    End Long Lines    Prioritize Increasing Voter Turnout    Other Voting Reforms

      VOTER SUPPRESSION IS RAMPANT! 
      Voter IDs, long lines, insufficient polling places, lost voter registration, switched polling locations, misinformation, etc.
      Help stop it!

      Check if you are registered: http://canivote.org
      Report anything wrong: http://866ourvote.org/

      VOTING RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK

      A total of 21 states have passed voting restrictions since 2010. (AL, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, OH, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV) And in 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, which had been in place for 50 years.  Brennan Center for Justice is doing great work to help. We encourage you join their efforts and get their newsletters. 

      BILLS IN CONGRESS

      Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 12)

      Amends the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) to require each state to make available official public websites for online voter registration, same day registration and voter registration of individuals under 18 years of age.  Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit hindering, interfering with, or preventing voter registration.  Key Sponsor: Rep. Lewis


      Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (H.R. 2867/S. 1659)

      A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.  Key Sponsor: Rep. Sewell/Sen. Leahy

      Automatic Voter Registration (H.R. 2694)

      To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each State to ensure that each individual who provides identifying information to the State motor vehicle authority is automatically registered to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual does not meet the eligibility requirements for registering to vote in such elections or declines to be registered to vote in such elections, and for other purposes.  Key Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline

       

      PEOPLE POWER PROGRESS UPDATES

      In April 2016, Virginia restored voting rights to 200,000+ ex-felons!

      In February 2016, Maryland restored voting rights to 40,000 ex-felons!

      In October 2015, California passed automatic voter registration, now dozens of other states are considering similar laws.

      In March 2015, Oregon showed a new way forward on voting rights with a new law that ensures Oregonians are automatically registered to vote.

      In January 2015 President Obama mentions mandatory voting as a solution.

      31 states have online voter registration.

      ACTION STEP 1:  REGISTER TO VOTE (REGISTER ONLINE HERE)

      ACTION STEP 2:  ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS TO VOTE

      Share why you care about voting. Positive peer pressure actually has an influence. Remind them to vote prior to election day and follow up on the day of any local or federal elections via phone calls, text and social media.

      ACTION STEP 3:  DEMAND UNIVERSAL VOTER REGISTRATION (which just passed in OR & CA)

      Sign this Common Good petition

      Sign this USPIRG petition

      ACTION STEP 4:  START A CONVERSATION ABOUT MANDATORY VOTING

      After the dismal turnout of the last few elections (36.4%) CNN ran a series of opinions after asking the question: Should Americans be forced to vote?, The Washington Post ran an opinion piece called A case for compulsory voting, and The Atlantic published A Feasible Roadmap to Compulsory Voting.   It seems that Americans may just be ready for what some think is a radical idea. In the 1920s Australia took a bold step and required every voting-age citizen to vote (compulsory voting) - just like jury duty in the U.S. Within four years voting participation jumped from 59% to 91%! Today ten countries have compulsory voting; voters pay a small fine if they don’t vote. Another 14 countries have non-enforced compulsory voting. Even though this could take many years to put in place in the US, we can start talking about it and understand what it means.
       

      10 countries have enforced compulsory voting (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Congo, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Nauru, Peru, Singapore, Uruguay)

      14 countries have non-enforced compulsory voting


      Jury duty is mandatory; why not voting?

      Mandating voting has a clear effect: It raises participation rates. Before Australia adopted compulsory voting in 1924, for example, it had turnout rates similar to those of the U.S. After voting became mandatory, participation immediately jumped from 59 percent in the election of 1922 to 91 percent in the election of 1925.“  Peter Orszag - Bloomberg News  

      “I'm not here to tell you to vote, I'm here to remind you that other people can't. Compulsory voting is the guarantee of voter freedom, not its opposite.” - Van Badham – The Guardian

      LEARN ABOUT SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION (not in all states)

      Demos put together a great info package about same day voter registration

      LEARN MORE WAYS TO INCREASE VOTING RIGHTS & TURNOUT

      Learn more.  Brennan Center lays out several great solutions:

      Modernize Voter Registration

      Restore the Voting Rights Act

      Expand Early Voting

      Restore Voting Rights to Citizens with Past Criminal Convictions

      Replace Outdated Voting Machines

      End Long Lines

      Prioritize Increasing Voter Turnout

      Other Voting Reforms