2016 marks the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v Holder, a wave of legislation passed by right-wing legislatures and signed into law by right-wing governors comprises the most blatant attempts to suppress the vote since the days of poll taxes and literacy tests. Because they want to rig the game and stay in power, politicians are trying to stack the deck against workers, immigrants, and people of color. Politicians see our power, and they’re afraid of it. So every day they do their best to push us to long lines, to shorten early voting periods, impose more requirements and obstructions to voter registration.
Our best tool for challenging unjust policies and practices is by registering and voting. Voting builds political muscle in communities of color that are always in process of pushing, making gains, fighting to preserve those gains. Building power isn’t a won and done thing—it is a continual fight. The resources below provide information about your rights as a voter that we hope will help us harness the full power of the ballot on November 8.
If you have a problem voting or run into an issue at the polls call 866-OUR-VOTE (English) or 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish), 888-API-VOTE (Asian Languages), or 844-418-1682 (Arabic).
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