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Vote suppression has a long and ugly history in the U.S., and over the last two decades, it has resurfaced with a vengeance. Through research, lawsuits, and advocacy, the Brennan Center is fighting vote suppression on every front.

Ensure Every American Hands Ensure Every American Can Vote

Why It Matters

Over the last 20 years, states have put barri­ers in front of the ballot box — impos­ing strict voter ID laws, cutting voting times, restrict­ing regis­tra­tion, and purging voter rolls. These efforts, which received a boost when the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act in 2013, have kept signi­fic­ant numbers of eligible voters from the polls, hitting all Amer­ic­ans, but placing special burdens on racial minor­it­ies, poor people, and young and old voters. 

The Bren­nan Center fights vote suppres­sion on every front. Our lawsuits have blocked or weakened some of the worst suppres­sion schemes, includ­ing Texas’s strict voter ID law. And our ground­break­ing research has helped win the battle for public opin­ion. We have shown that voter fraud and illegal voting — often cited to justify regress­ive voting laws— aren’t a system­atic and wide­spread occur­rence; racial minor­it­ies are much more likely than whites to lack accep­ted voter ID; and that there is a grow­ing threat of voter roll purges, which risk disen­fran­chising large numbers of eligible voters.

Solutions

Protect Eligible Voters From Improper Purges of the Voter Rolls

Congress and the states should pass laws ensur­ing that eligible voters aren’t disen­fran­chised by improper purges.

Protect Against Decept­ive Elec­tion Prac­tices

Congress should pass the Decept­ive Prac­tices and Voter Intim­id­a­tion Preven­tion Act, and states should also penal­ize and correct false inform­a­tion aimed at prevent­ing voting or voter regis­tra­tion.

Read more in our Demo­cracy solu­tions report.

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