The Strategic Institute of Intersectional Policy is launching a voting rights campaign aimed at stopping voter suppression before the 2018 mid-term elections. This effort openly seeks to re-enfranchise 50 million voters, dismantle GOP efforts to dismantle federal and Civil voting rights, and stop the Republican party from cheating their way to a Republican Congress in 2018 and another Republican White House in 2020.
In a successful effort to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 Elections, the Republican party engaged in a multi-pronged strategy to disenfranchise voters of color, poor voters, and voters with disabilities. Using voter purging, voter ID restrictions, polling place closures, ADA violations and felony disenfranchisement, the GOP successfully suppressed 50–60 million voters nationwide.
Voter ID Restrictions: 21 million voters have been deprived their Constitutional right to vote as the result of voter ID restrictions.
Polling Closures: And additional 16 million voters that live below the poverty line and identify as Democrat were unable to cast a vote because of polling closures, lack of alternatives to in person voting, inability to afford time off of work to vote and lack of transportation to polling locations.
Felony Disenfranchisement: Over 6 million people nationwide have been prevented from voting because of felony disenfranchisement.
Just under 66 million voted for Clinton. Just under 63 million people voted for Trump.
There is no doubt that the intentional elimination of tens of millions of Democratic voters from polling booths and registration rolls around the country influenced the outcome of the 2016 elections. There is also no doubt that this effect directly benefitted the Republican Party and the Trump Administration.
SIIP believes that beyond being an attack on the Democratic Party, the Republican assault on voting rights is an attack on Democracy itself. We also believe that every eligible citizen should be able to cast a vote in the 2018 mid-term elections. We are calling on the Democratic Party to stand against the GOP and to stand up for its constituents’ right to vote by:
1. Voluntarily Moving to Eliminate Voting Restrictions at the State and Local Levels
This includes voluntarily withdrawing from voter purging systems, taking measures to repeal voter id restrictions, and ensuring voting is accessible.
2. Flooding the circuit and district courts with challenges to Voter Suppression policies
These challenges must specifically fall under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14thAmendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Amendment (applying the Harper Balancing Test)
End Voter Suppression by 2018. Re-enfranchise 50 Million People. Destroy the GOP. #WeAllVote2018 was originally published in SIIP Campaigns on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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