No one should be scared away from exercising their constitutional rights.
Yet in recent weeks there has been a lot of loose talk about “rigged” elections and worrying calls from radical supporters to “protect” polling places against undefined threats.
Learn how to identify and report voting rights violations tomorrow.
No matter who wins this election, our nation deserves an outcome that reflects the will of the people. But many Americans are shaken by reports of alleged voter suppression and intimidation in the lead up to Election Day, including:
•Last month in Indiana, the state with the lowest voter turnout in the country, police reportedly raided the largest voter registration drive aimed at registering Black voters.
•Just Friday, a federal judge barred three North Carolina counties from revoking the voting rights of thousands of people (a lawsuit contended that in at least one county, Black voters’ ability to vote was disproportionately targeted).
•There is an ongoing legal battle in Ohio about whether or not a group called Stop the Steal is seeking to engage in illegal intimidation of minority voters.
Vote suppression can include unconstitutional voter ID requirements, limits on early voting, inadequate language translation services and long lines at the polls. Intimidation can come in the form of harassment and aggressive questions about citizenship or qualifications. It can also mean spreading false information about voting requirements or posing as an elections official..
Casting a ballot is a fundamental right — one upon which so many of our other civil liberties rely. It must not be tampered with.