Voting rights advocacy has been a civil rights issue for decades. Current voter suppression has manifested itself in a variety of ways, including racial gerrymandering, voter ID laws,and disproportionate distribution of election day resources. Voter suppression laws affect all women, however, a disproportionate impact falls on women of color and low-income women, students and the elderly. The 2016 election was the first presidential election since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was weakened through the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby v. Holder, which cleared the way for states to enact voter suppression legislation.
NOW’s Action Agenda:
- Watch our kick-off Facebook Live event from March 15th in partnership with the Voting Rights Alliance! More information here.