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Racism, Discrimination and Voting Rights

Voter ID laws “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” That’s not us saying so — those words come from a Federal court. We all know election laws have targeted or disproportionately impacted non-white voters for more than two centuries.

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LET’S BREAK IT DOWN

234 years after the Constitution gave only white land owners the right to vote, states are still passing laws that keep non-white people from voting. You don’t have to look far to see it happening all around us.

  • If you’re Black, there’s a 1 in 4 chance you don’t have a current government issued photo ID, (if you’re white,  it’s 1 in 12).
  • On average, voters in predominantly Black neighborhoods wait three times as long to vote.
  • If you live in a county with a history of racial discimination, your neighbors are getting purged from the voter rolls at a 40% higher rate.
  • On top of all that, 6.2% of eligible Black voters and 2% of Latinx voters are unable to vote due to a felony conviction.

How is this still happening? Well, it never stopped, but it got a lot worse in 2013 when the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. That opened the door for the states with the worst history of racial discrimination to do pretty much whatever they pleased. Then came the rollbacks of early and mail-in voting, the closure of community polling sites and states being able to take over local election boards.

When lawmakers take power away from one of us, they take power away from all of us. Make some noise and tell your state reps to pass laws that lift up the voices of all voters!

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