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The Fight for Equality and Voting Rights Continue: 95 Years after the 19th Amendment

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Ninety-five years ago, after tireless work by generations of advocates, the 19th Amendment, finally, became the law of the land guaranteeing the right to vote for women. One hundred years ago, the success of the 19th Amendment did not seem so inevitable.

Voter Suppression Is an Assault Against Humanity

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

Whatever functions to abridge or diminish the sense of responsible agency in our fellow human beings is an assault against the whole human race. Thus, voter suppression and the oppressive intention out of which it arises are an assault against humanity.

Tell Congress to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by Restoring Its Key Protections

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The League of Women Voters has been standing its ground in the fight against discrimination and for voting rights for 95 years, and restoring the VRA is an important step to keep our elections fair, free and accessible.

States Rethink Laws Denying The Vote To Felons

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides d...

Who Has the Right to Vote in 2016?

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

The truth is that the GOP knows it can't push its extreme, out-of-touch agenda on a country where every voice is heard. They know they have to do everything they can to silence the voices of everyday Americans because it's the only way they'll keep winning elections.

Return the Right to Vote to 'Missing Men'

Allegra Chapman | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Allegra Chapman

Men and women who have completed their sentences are expected to return to work, pay their taxes, and become accountable to their communities. Resuming one's civic right and responsibility is part of that process, and denial of the right to vote is not only undemocratic but also self-defeating.

Right to Vote Constitutional Amendment Secures Unanimous Backing of DNC Executive Committee

Rob Richie | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

By committing to the fundamental nature of the right to vote, our political leaders can instead focus on what they should do in elections: trying to earn votes from eligible voters, rather than trying to game voter eligibility and access.

We Are the Dream They Dreamed

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Maria Rodale

It's really not about "equality"; it's about freedom. Freedom. FREEDOM. The freedom to live a life fully and without fear, no matter your gender. Women today, especially in America, are living a dream that our foremothers dreamed for us. And they have passed the torch to us.

Best Use Ever For Your 'I Voted Today' Sticker

Caurie Putnam | Posted 01.06.2015 | Women
Caurie Putnam

McPike regularly brings flowers to Anthony's headstone after she votes. Others bring their "I Voted Today" stickers and place them on the headstone as a symbol of respect and gratitude.

Voting In America 'Doesn't Come With A List Of Instructions'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

It’s no secret that a lot of citizens are concerned that voting rights are being determined by the people they are designed to elect. Like Lewis Bla...

Cast Your Vote for American Values

Richard Trumka | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Money is pouring into this year's mid-term election -- mostly from the pockets of right-wing billionaires. The total is projected to top $4 billion. Thirteen states have annual budgets of $4 billion or less.

For the LGBTQ, Black, and Undocumented Communities: Get Out to Vote!

Cristina Jiménez | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Cristina Jiménez

Heroes in our movements for equality have fought for and have stressed the importance of civic engagement, and as the future of this country, it is our civic duty to uphold those values and encourage people to vote.

They Hope You Won't Wake Up

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Here's the bottom line. The Tea Party Republicans and their Big Business and Wall Street allies plan to grab what they want while ordinary people sleep through this election.

It's Time for a Constitutional Right to Vote, and a Truce in the Voting Wars

Rob Richie | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

By enshrining the right to vote in our constitution, Congress would be empowered to enact minimum electoral standards to guarantee a higher degree of legitimacy, inclusivity, and consistency across the nation.

Find Your Polling Place

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

The midterm elections take place Tuesday, Nov. 4, and control of the Senate is one of the many things at stake. You can find your polling place by ...

Taking Away the Right to Vote

YAI | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact

While politicians and other elected officials are making every effort to convince more Americans to vote in the upcoming national election, there looms an unfathomable barrier to people with disabilities as they seek to exercise their most basic and important right as Americans: the right to vote.

Why I'm Voting for Wendy Davis

Amy Arndt | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Amy Arndt

People who admit they aren't passionate about politics ask me why I'm voting for Wendy. As a mother, I'm voting for Wendy Davis because I agree with her position on women's reproductive rights. However, Wendy Davis is not a one-issue candidate.

Why Aren't Kids Part of 'All Men Are Created Equal'?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

How different might things be if our youngest were voters? They'd be a powerful constituency whose vote politicians would covet. As a result, my hunch is that we'd have much more funding for education.

On Constitution Day, 4 Million Still 'Separate and Unequal'

Neil Weare | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Neil Weare

Today, the U.S. Constitution celebrates its 227th birthday. For more than half those years -- 115 to be exact -- residents of overseas U.S. territories have been denied full and equal membership as part of We the People. Now it is time to recognize that these citizens deserve to be treated as full and equal members of We the People.

The Best Way to Celebrate Women's Equality Day? Register to Vote!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

This week as we celebrate Women's Equality Day, we reflect on the brave suffragists who helped secure the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted...

The Importance of Protecting Our Right to Vote: Reflecting on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

For nearly half a century the Voting Rights Act has stood as a central pillar in the protection of fair voting practices. Our nation now faces the greatest threat to voting rights since Reconstruction.

America Votes Act Protects Americans' Fundamental Right to Vote

Rep. Rick Larsen | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Rick Larsen

Here is a novel idea: Instead of looking for ways to keep people from voting, we should be looking for ways to break down barriers for all people to fully participate in our democracy. Voting is a fundamental right given to us by the Constitution, a right that must not be abridged.

One Year After Shelby Decision, the Fight Continues to Protect Equal Access to the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The problem isn't complicated. Access to the vote is not about politics; it's about justice and equality.

From Freedom Summer to Freedom Schools

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I moved to Mississippi at an extraordinary moment -- just in time to witness firsthand and assist the unfolding of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project.

Voting Rights: The Real (and Continuing) Battle Against Racism

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

While the racist harangues of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling have been consuming air time and newsprint, institutional racism in the form of discrimination against African-American voters remains on the rise in states dominated by Republican governors and legislators.