Voting Rights

  • 04.30.18

    Voter ID Laws

    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 elderly, poor, and minority populations....

    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 elderly, poor, and minority populations.

  • 04.20.18

    Felon Disenfranchisement

    6.1 million Americans cannot vote because of felony disenfranchisement. Ultimately, these men and women across the United States have little to no political recourse for challenging the laws that took away their vote....

    6.1 million Americans cannot vote because of felony disenfranchisement. Ultimately, these men and women across the United States have little to no political recourse for challenging the laws that took away their vote.

  • 04.16.18

    Unaffiliated Primary Voters

    Almost half (46%) of Americans are independents. Yet, many voters are barred from participating in primary contests due to their party affiliation or lack thereof. The Sanders Institute and founding fellow Senator Nina Turner explain why unaffiliated voters are disenfranchised in many states across the country....

    Almost half (46%) of Americans are independents. Yet, many voters are barred from participating in primary contests due to their party affiliation or lack thereof. 

    The Sanders Institute and founding fellow Senator Nina Turner explain why unaffiliated voters are disenfranchised in many states across the country.

  • 04.10.18

    Tuesday and Early Voting

    Unlike many other democracies, which hold election days on Sundays and holidays, the United States has its elections on Tuesday workdays. Sanders Institute Senator Nina Turner explains why Americans vote on Tuesday and the ways that some states have tried to overcome that inconvenience....

    Unlike many other democracies, which hold election days on Sundays and holidays, the United States has its elections on Tuesday workdays. Sanders Institute Senator Nina Turner explains why Americans vote on Tuesday and the ways that some states have tried to overcome that inconvenience.

  • 12.05.14

    The Battle To Protect The Vote

    In this report, Ben Jealous and his colleague Ryan Haygood investigate the effects of the Supreme Court's 2013 decision Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder that "invalidated core protections in the Voting Rights Act" They specifically look at 5 states that enacted laws that would have been, or were, considered discri...

    In this report, Ben Jealous and his colleague Ryan Haygood investigate the effects of the Supreme Court's 2013 decision Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder that "invalidated core protections in the Voting Rights Act"

    They specifically look at 5 states that enacted laws that would have been, or were, considered discriminatory and therefore would not have been put into effect for the 2014 elections. These states are: Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia

    The report finds that "it is clear that the number of people predicted to face increased difficulties in voting during this election either approaches or exceeds the margins of victory for competitive statewide races." In addition, "Consistent with a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, or GAO, finding that photo ID laws lower voter turnout, especially among voters of color."

    Battle Vote Table 1