OMG! I’ve voted in California for decades, and founded the National Voter Corps. How can I possibly be “unregistered?!”
Well, I moved this summer and had notified the California DMV which automatically updates the voter registration records. Last week the DMV reported they were correcting several thousand voter registrations due to a software problem. So, I checked my voter registration status.
“Unregistered” – me? In disbelief, I tried again. This time the screen said I was registered. I trust the California government to fix this problem, but voters in Virginia, Georgia, Texas and many others cannot. Those states are actively trying to de-register voters.
You’ve heard the stories about gerrymandering and false claims of voter fraud used to deny citizens their right to vote. More and more we see editorials, articles and books warning our country is at risk. The latest, “How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy,” is the subtitle of One Person, No Vote, a new book by Carol Anderson reviewed in the September/October Washington Monthly.
Want to turn your angst into action? National Voter Corps has launched a major campaign (CUVO) to help protect the vote in several voter suppression states. To join, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Help warn these voters, so on Election Day, they won’t be saying “What do you mean, I’m not registered?!”
A shameful achievement – Alabama illustrates 7 ways to limit the right to vote:
- Require Photo IDs (and make them hard to get in some places) (2013)
- Close driver license offices in black areas (2015)
- Push for proof-of-citizenship (2016)
- Close polling places (2016)
- Thwart get-out-the-vote funding (2016)
- Purge 340,000 voters from the rolls (2017)
- Don’t publicize felons’ rights (2017)
Check out the New York Times June 25, 2018 story Alabama Offers Seven Examples of How to Limit the Right to Vote
Prison inmates are largely ignored when it comes to voter registration efforts. Most people – including prisoners themselves– assume they are ineligible to vote. While convicted felons cannot vote, inmates who are awaiting trial (and therefore innocent until proven guilty) or serving time for misdemeanors are actually qualified to register and vote.
A Chicago-area group has undertaken a project to inform and register eligible voters within the prison system, with very positive results – and some VERY interesting side benefits.
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Are you frustrated by low voter turnout and attempts to suppress voting? Here’s a ridiculously easy way to join the fight…come to a party and donate.
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant and allied communities to promote social and and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration and voter participation. (Check out their Introduction video.) Continue reading “Mi Familia Vota in California’s Central Valley”
It seems just about every day, we hear about new constraints making it more difficult for citizens to vote. These barriers are being raised by state governments controlled by Republicans. Several Republican legislators have even bragged that they have reduced voter turnout among Democrats. Many Republican-controlled legislatures have enacted laws crafted for them by a single right-wing organization, the “American Legislative Exchange Council.” So, in light of this unpatriotic behavior by members of one political party, why is the National Voter Corps non-partisan?
Continue reading “Why is the NVC Non-Partisan?”