The fight for voting rights requires us to use all the tools available to protect our democracy. From the courts, to Congress, to direct action, we can make a difference and protect our elections.
We are experiencing an unprecedented attack on voting, election administration and democracy — and we must all prepare now. It is, as the President warned, “the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.”
Remember that suppressive provisions have already been successfully enacted this year in Texas, and that the legal challenges against them will have a significant effect on the state’s next elections.
Think about who the debate around voting rights often leaves out: the immigrant members of our communities who too often struggle to gain citizenship, and who are unable to have their voices reflected in their government.
While there is still work to be done to address legal and structural barriers to voting for individuals of all ages, races and socioeconomic statuses, the 26th Amendment remains critical to fighting voter suppression.
Without election workers, we cannot have free and fair elections, and without elections, we will no longer have a democracy. We must act now to protect those who safeguard our right to vote.
While most of the legislative focus has been on the registration and voting process, significantly less attention has been paid to another point of vulnerability in our election system — the rules for tabulating and certifying elections.
Republican legislatures in the states will continue to try and limit access to the ballot box no matter what. Until we have federal legislation like the For the People Act, our voting rights are in the hands of the courts and the people.
While the American people continue to raise their voices and push for reforms, we need voting rights lawyers to continue to show up in court and tell the stories of American citizens whose right to vote is being threatened.
There are constitutional protections mandating that the right to vote not be abridged. But in practice, women of color still face massive inequities and institutional racism that prevents them from making their voices heard.