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Every Voter Counts

The ability to vote – to have a part in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact our lives, families, communities, and country – is at the core of our democracy and what it means to be an American. Every American should have a voice in issues that affect them. Every voter counts. But under the guise of preventing so-called “voter fraud” and working in conjunction with advocacy groups, some governors and state legislators have passed laws making it harder for millions of Americans – especially students, seniors, and people of color – to register and to vote.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund, working with allies at the local, state, and national levels, is implementing a campaign to elevate and sustain a focus on voter protection and turnout; to strengthen the ability of individuals and organizations to overcome barriers to the right to vote; and to increase voter turnout among underrepresented populations that are the targets of voter suppression efforts.

FACT SHEET: A Campaign to Protect Access to the Polls and Encourage Voter Participation in 2012 (PDF)

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Senate Passes D.C. Voting Rights Bill

February 26, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Today, the Senate passed the DC House Voting Rights Act, which will give the District of Columbia a full-voting member in the House of Representatives for the first time.

The DC House Voting Rights Act will increase the permanent House membership from 435 to 437 by giving one seat to the District of Columbia, and adding a fourth seat for Utah. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton currently represents the district in the House, participating in debate and committees, but her delegate status does not allow her to vote on final passage of legislation.

The House is expected to vote on the bill next week.

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Senate to Vote on DC Voting Rights Act

February 23, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Every week, 6,600 foreclosure proceedings start. That's one every 13 seconds.

The Center for Responsible Lending's website now has a constantly-updated counter showing the number of new foreclosures this year in the United States, as well as totals for each state. The counter is a graphic reminder of how severe the mortgage crisis is. The foreclosure data is based on Mortgage Banker Association figures.

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The New York Times Urges Congress to Pass DC Voting Rights Bill

February 17, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Yesterday, The New York Times published an editorial about the lack of voting rights for residents of Washington, D.C.  The Times urged Congress to pass a bill that will give residents of the District of Columbia a voting member in the House of Representatives.

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DC Vote Launches Postcard Campaign For D.C. Voting Rights

February 11, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

People at a DC voting rights march outside the Wilson Building in Washington, D.C.

DC voting rights march outside the Wilson Building, home of the mayor and D.C. council, April 16, 2007. Photo credit: IntangibleArts

DC Vote recently launched a postcard campaign in support of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 (DC VRA), a bill that will give residents of Washington, D.C., a voting member in Congress.

Supporters of D.C. voting rights can fill out a form on the DC Vote website to send an electronic postcard directly to President Obama or they can print the postcard and send it by regular mail, urging him to support the DC VRA.  Obama supported a similar bill last year when he was a senator. 

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Virginia Senate Approves Absentee-Voter Bill

February 3, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

On January 26, the Virginia Senate approved a bill to allow no-excuse, in-person absentee voting in elections.  

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Voting Rights Act

January 12, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

On January 9, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in a case that will challenge the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.

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DC Voting Rights Bill

January 9, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

One of the first bills introduced this session will give the District of Columbia a voting member in the House of Representatives. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton currently represents the District in the House, participating in debate and committees, but her delegate status does not allow her to vote on bills.

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Norton Wants D.C. Voting Rights Act by Lincoln's Birthday

December 8, 2008 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A man holds a sign reading, I Demand the Vote! No taxation without representation.

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Voter ID

States with laws on the books requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote are: Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania (blocked for 2012 election), and Tennessee. Other states – Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, and New Hampshire – also require a photo ID. Learn more.

Go to Election Protection at www.866ourvote.org to find out what your state is requiring to vote.

And check out the Voter ID "Map of Shame" to see where laws have been passed, been stopped, or still face legal challenges.

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