The right to vote is the heart of our democracy.
Right now, that sacred right is under attack. Literacy tests and poll taxes are no more, but voters are being silenced just the same. Today, state and local officials quietly make decisions that determine who gets to vote and who doesn’t. Simple bureaucratic decisions, such as how states keep registration lists current and where counties close polling places, deny the fundamental right to vote, causing real harm to real people. Time and again, the people shut out of our democracy are those that have long been disenfranchised: communities of color, young people, low-income Americans, and voters with disabilities.
We’re fighting back.
In 2016, more than 1 million Americans tried to vote but couldn’t because they faced problems at the polls, such as long lines, problems with their registration, and strict voter ID laws. That is an outrage. We can all agree that our democracy is stronger when all voices are heard. That’s why All Voting is Local launched in 2018 with a vision to build a democracy that works for us ALL. We fight to dismantle barriers to the ballot well before the next election, so that every voter can cast a ballot that counts.
Why we fight
All Voting is Local stands at the forefront of today’s civil rights movement.
Since 2013, when five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in Shelby v. Holder, federal, state and local officials have restricted the right to vote. Too often, voters learn about confusing new rules when it’s too late – after their right to vote has already been denied. At All Voting is Local, our mission is to remove discriminatory barriers to voting by tackling problems before they silence voters on Election Day.
Together, we can win
Our collaborative campaign is housed at The Leadership Conference Education Fund, in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Constitution Society, the Campaign Legal Center and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Together, our council of organizations, all with deep voting rights expertise, supports All Voting is Local to solve problems before they happen, to build a democracy where all voices are heard.