Understanding Voting Rights

We have the freedom to choose our leaders and engage on the issues that we care about. That means we can build power in our communities and create real change. Our right to vote gives us that power.

But whether that right is protected varies from state to state. (Yes, even today.) Some states have laws that encourage voters to participate and make our voices heard, while others have laws that confuse and block voters, which lowers turnout — and our impact.

As the largest and most diverse generation in American history, we have the strength to defend our voices and our votes. Will you join us?

Why Is Your Right to Vote Important?

The right to vote gives us the power to hold our elected leaders accountable — to remove those who don’t represent our values and replace them with leaders who will fight for our vision for the future.

Sometimes leaders who don’t share our values get scared of this power, and they try to take away our right to vote. They create barriers, like poll taxes and restrictive identification requirements, to try to silence our resistance. But each time they do so, Americans have marched, fought, and even died to protect our rights.

This fight is far from over. We’re here to help simplify what’s going on, but we need your help defeating bad policies that threaten our freedoms, and fighting for policies that protect everyone’s right to vote.

Why Is Your Right to Vote Important?

The right to vote gives us the power to hold our elected leaders accountable — to remove those who don’t represent our values and replace them with leaders who will fight for our vision for the future.

Sometimes leaders who don’t share our values get scared of this power, and they try to take away our right to vote. They create barriers, like poll taxes and restrictive identification requirements, to try to silence our resistance. But each time they do so, Americans have marched, fought, and even died to protect our rights.

This fight is far from over. We’re here to help simplify what’s going on, but we need your help defeating bad policies that threaten our freedoms, and fighting for policies that protect everyone’s right to vote.

What’s Going on Now?

Since each state has its own voting laws, the current state of voting rights depends on which state you’re voting in.

In states with rules that encourage participation, voter turnout and engagement are higher. In states with complicated or discriminatory policies that turn citizens away, people are prevented from exercising their rights and speaking truth to power.

It’s up to us to hold our elected leaders accountable and support those willing to fight alongside us.

What’s Going On Now?

Since each state has its own voting laws, the current state of voting rights depends on which state you’re voting in.

In states with rules that encourage participation, voter turnout and engagement are higher. In states with complicated or discriminatory policies that turn citizens away, people are prevented from exercising their rights and speaking truth to power.

It’s up to us to hold our elected leaders accountable and support those willing to fight alongside us.

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Deonshay — Montgomery, AL

The scars of the Civil Rights movement, Jim Crow, all of those scars still exist here. And they’re not wounds that are healed, they’re wounds that are just festering because no one has taken the time to try and mend them.