Nearly half of all Americans heading to the polls this November will find more voting restrictions than they faced just four years ago. In 15 states, the 2014 election will be the first major federal election with new restrictions in place, like more restrictive voter registration laws, voter ID requirements and laws that inhibit the formerly incarcerated to vote. As we near the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, voter suppression is still very real, as is the continuing need for the enforcement of voting rights for all Americans.
My Vote, My Right, AFL-CIO’s voter protection and education program, is a nonpartisan effort to raise awareness on voting rights, educate voters on new voting laws, ensure voters are able to vote fairly and without intimidation and that all votes are counted. You can use this site to register to vote, look up your state’s guidelines, sign up to be a poll worker or poll monitor, share voting graphics, or look up your polling place.
If you run into any issues either registering or voting, we encourage you to call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for assistance.
Voting is the bedrock of our democracy yet it took the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to ensure eligible citizens could vote without prejudice. However, nearly 50 years later, the reach and breadth of the act still is being interpreted and litigated. Stay up-to-date on voting rights and restrictions, and find resources you can use to help make this election fair for all voters.