RELEASE: In Wake of Voter Suppression, CAP Recommends Steps Americans Can Take to Make Sure Their Votes Count

Washington, D.C. — A new Center for American Progress analysis examines the ways in which conservative lawmakers are suppressing the votes of people of color, young people, and people with disabilities.

From discriminatory voter ID laws in places such as North Dakota, South Carolina, and Michigan to failures to provide early polling places in a majority-black neighborhood in Texas and the freezing of more than 50,000 voter registrations in Georgia, voter suppression is rampant in 2018.

“Voter suppression is widespread again this year and these efforts from conservative lawmakers largely target people of color, young people, and people with disabilities,” said Connor Maxwell, research associate for Race and Ethnicity Policy at the Center for American Progress. “Despite these efforts, there are many steps people can take to ensure their vote counts on election day.”

“Voting is a fundamental right for all U.S. citizens, so we encourage everyone to double-check their voter registration; determine ahead of time whether you need to bring certain materials to the polls; and take advantage of the many voter assistance hotlines if you run into problems,” adds Danielle Root, voting rights manager at the Center.

The report goes on to list nine steps that every American can take to make sure their voice is heard on election day. Read the report here.

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