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Jobs, The Economy and Voting Rights

For some of us, taking time off to vote can come at too high a cost—no one should have to risk their job to vote. Did you know that voting access is directly tied to a better economy—including better jobs and working conditions

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LET’S BREAK IT DOWN

Ok, let’s get real. The country was founded allowing only landowning, white males to vote (the rich guys). And 200+ years later, states still pass laws that make it harder for many of us that don’t have personal or flex time at work to vote. They do it by limiting early voting hours and forcing people to wait in long lines. That’s one reason low-income people vote at 20% lower rates than other voters.

But here’s the good news… Decades of research following the 1965 Voting Rights Act shows that states that make it easier for everyone to vote have more jobs, higher wages and better working conditions. The cycle of poverty starts to break at the voting booth, and people with economic security are more likely to continue to vote. So to all those politicians who keep talking “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!’… tell them to “Save the Vote! Vote! Vote!”

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