This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017. Its Brennan Center story links have been updated as of February 2020.
Is your state trying to pass laws that make it harder to vote? Consult the Brennan Center’s info and maps, and if the answer is yes, fight back.
Voting restrictions are a scourge on democracy, but as long as they benefit Republicans, Republicans will try to pass them. We feel that if you are eligible to vote, and you want to vote, you should be able to vote, and you should be given many options for doing so to let you choose what works best for your schedule.
The Brennan Center for Justice, located at the New York University School of Law, tracks state bills that intend or have the effect of making it harder to vote.
First, read the Brennan Center’s Voting Laws Roundup for 2020, and see if your state is mentioned:
Also see the Brennan Center’s interactive map of New Voting Restrictions in America (the information in this link now dates to November 2019):
Once you know what’s going on in your state, call your state-level reps to speak out against laws that restrict voting.
Don’t know who your state house rep and state senator are? Plug your address and zip code into this search tool (note–the address is key. If you only give your zip code, you won’t get the two names you most need):
Then click on the names of your state house rep and state senator. Their contact info will come up.
Here’s a sample script that you can modify accordingly:
“Dear (State Senator/House Rep Lastname), I ask you to oppose (House/Senate bill ####), which will have the effect of making it harder to cast a vote. Everyone who is eligible to vote, and wants to, should have the opportunity to do so. Bills and laws that make it harder to vote are inherently anti-democratic. Please do not sponsor, co-sponsor, or support bills that stop people from voting. Thank you.”
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