Why We Fight
Like the poll taxes and literacy tests of the Jim Crow era, modern voter suppression efforts are relentless and effective.
Why We Fight
Efforts to discourage and disenfranchise voters—in voter registration, ballot access, or counting of votes—have a catastrophic effect on our democracy and our communities. The facts and faces of voters from the 2018 election in Georgia convey the insidious design and pervasive impact of voter suppression.
1.6 million voters
were purged from the voter rolls from 2010-2018, leaving them ineligible to vote.
53,000+ voter registrations
were held hostage in “pending” status. 80 percent of these registrations were from voters of color.
Nearly 30,000 voters
were forced to vote on a provisional ballot, most of which did not count.
Tens of thousands of voters
waited in hours-long lines, missing work and other obligations, or leaving without voting because they could not afford the wait.
Thousands of absentee ballot
applications were lost or rejected, disenfranchising voters, particularly voters of color.
100,000+ votes missing
from the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s race. Because of faulty voting machines, voters–especially in communities of color –had their votes go unrecorded.