Washington, D.C.— As Americans head to the polls next week, a new Center for American Progress brief looks at the unique obstacles to voting faced by the 10 million Americans who experience intimate partner violence each year.
The chief barriers to voting include:
- Isolation from election information and voting materials
- Intimidation and threats of violence for voting or asserting voter preference
- Privacy and other problems related to voter registration
“Since the 2016 election, survivors of violence—be it intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or harassment—have bravely told their stories about the unrelenting violence taking place across the nation,” said Danielle Root, voting rights manager at the Center for American Progress and author of the brief. “The last two years have offered a powerful reminder of survivors’ sheer determination and resilience, as well as the importance of having their voices included in the democratic process. Survivors deserve a democracy that works for them and must have opportunities to contribute to elections without endangering their own lives or the lives of loved ones.”
Click here to read “Obstacles to Voting for Survivors of Intimate-Partner Violence” by Danielle Root.
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