The right to vote is one of the most fundamental American principles. Casting your ballot in local, state, congressional, and presidential elections is an essential way to ensure that the causes you care about are acted upon, your voice as a citizen is heard, and you feel adequately represented by those who hold office. Yet, voting rights are now severely under attack, as states across the nation work to pass voter suppression laws that make it more difficult to vote — especially for BIPOC, those with disabilities, young people, and other disenfranchised groups. These laws often pose substantial obstacles to participating in elections, such as setting up restrictive time frames to be able to vote or requiring specific documentation to identify oneself.
Therefore, it’s now more important than ever to mobilize to make sure that the voting process is accessible, equitable, and protected. The first step is registering to vote yourself — it’s much easier than you might think. Though, each state has their own registration process and deadline, so check online using the resources below or with your local election office for guidance. Then, encourage your family and friends to register also, so that no one around you misses another election again. Finally, stay informed about voter suppression laws being passed nationwide, so that you can then support legislation to combat them.
What can I do about this?
1. Voting is the best way to peacefully voice your opinion for change. First, make sure to register and then go vote. Also, encourage your friends and family to vote. Your vote can make the all difference in the end.
2. Stay informed about voter suppression. The more you are informed, the quicker you can act and offer support to legislation that can combat them.