Racism, Discrimination and Voting Rights

Since 2021, nearly half of the states have passed laws that make it harder for people to vote – and that number keeps growing. When lawmakers take power away from one of us, they take power away from all of us.

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The United States started restricting access to voting based on economic status, gender, race and age at inception. Here are some examples of how voting laws stand up racism and discrimination today:

Voter ID laws discriminate:

Access to voting is not created equal:

One person, one vote … well, that depends on where you live:

In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). This opened the door for the states to pass laws that directly or indirectly make it hard for people to vote based on their race. Rollbacks of early and mail-in voting, closure of community polling sites and large-scale voter roll purges became commonplace in many communities across the United States. Data shows (and multiple court rulings agree) that all of these measures have disproportionately impacted voters of color.

When there is bias in election law that creates unequal access to the ballot, we see the impact through systemic racism and discrimination across the country. Check out our pages on Criminal Justice, Jobs & The Economy and LGBTQ+ rights for examples.

To learn more, check out some great resources to learn more about racism, discrimination and voting rights:



You know all the things that make voting hard? Well if you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community, you probably know it firsthand: higher rates of incarceration, youth homelessness, difficulty getting proper ID, systemic discrimination — all these things hit home. That’s why we need to speak out.
If you or anyone you care about has been convicted of a felony, you probably know that voting rights are one of the many freedoms that can be lost. But state laws about this are changing fast. That’s why it’s so important that elected officials hear from all of us.
For some, 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?
In almost every state in America, some elected officials are trying to make it harder for you to vote. If you don’t like having your right to vote messed with, you can do something about it right now. Let’s Save The Vote!