Government & Democracy

Voting Rights Fact Sheet

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  • The Military-Industrial Drain

    June 2018

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower once noted, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." 

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  • The Unconstitutional Census Power Grab

    June 2018

    The Trump administration’s decision to alter the 2020 Census to ask people if they are American citizens is an unconstitutional power grab that would hurt many disadvantaged Americans.

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  • Voter Turnout is Everything

    May 2018

    The largest political party in America isn’t the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. It’s the Party of Non-Voters.

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  • How to End Partisan Gerrymandering

    May 2018

    One of the biggest challenges to our democracy occurs when states draw congressional district lines with the principal goal of helping one political party and hurting the other. It’s called “partisan gerrymandering.” 

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  • Why Don't Americans Vote?

    May 2018

    We call ourselves a Democracy - a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. However, the sad truth is that America has very low rates of participation in our “democracy.” 

    Only 55.7% of Americans voted in the last election (around 27% each for President Trump and Secretary Clinton). This is not normal for advanced democracies. We looked into the many barriers that Americans face when heading to the polls.

    First, there are significant portions of our population who are disenfranchised. 

    Felons- 6.1 million Americans cannot vote because of felony disenfranchisement. 

    People without ID– 21 million Americans do not have government-issued ID and many of them cannot vote in 34 states that require it. In addition, these ID laws disproportionately disenfranchise minority populations.

    American Citizens in Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the North Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands and D.C. –4.4 million Americans in these American territories and the district are represented by one “delegate” each in the House of Representatives (who can only vote on procedural matters) and only D.C. can vote for president. 

    Unaffiliated Primary Voters– 46% of Americans are independents. Yet, many voters are barred from participating in primary contents due to their party affiliation or lack-thereof.  

    Secondly, there are significant barriers to voting that make voting more difficult.

    Separate Registration and Voting– In many states, Americans must register a significant amount of time before election day. These laws not only vary by state, they also vary in how you can register. 

    Tuesday Voting– Unlike many other democracies who hold election days on a Sunday or a holiday, the United States has its elections on a workday: Tuesday. 

    Early Voting and No-Excuse Absentee Voting is Not Universal– Early voting and no-excuse absentee voting creates more flexibility for Americans who may not be able to make it to the polls in the 8 to 12-hour window on a Tuesday. Almost 64 million Americans do not have those options.  

    Some Votes Count More– Due to the electoral college in presidential elections, votes in smaller rural states tend to count more towards the final result than others.  

    If we want to continue calling ourselves a democracy. The United States needs laws that reflect a democracy.

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  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Condemns President Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal

    May 2018

    “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal dangerously increases the likelihood of war and undermines approaching talks with Kim Jong-un to denuclearize North Korea."

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  • Voter Registration

    May 2018

    In the last election, there were over 224 million American citizens over the age of 18 in the United States, and yet only around 157 million were registered to vote. Even fewer actually voted.  This video and article from Senator Nina Turner and the Sanders Institute investgates voter registration issues in the United States and how they negatively affect voter turnout.

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