Your Voice, Your Power, Our Democracy
Voting rights are fundamental to our quality of life and democracy! Restrictive voting laws limit your rights, quiet your voice, and suppress your vote. Let’s work together to push back against the coordinated effort to undermine your access to power, self-determination, and community representation. Voting rights are civil rights!
Legislatures have voted in states across the country to make it harder for you to vote despite overwhelming public support for making voting fairer, safer, and more accessible.
Our Reclaim effort seeks to: (1) Register more voters, (2) Educate more voters on their rights, and (3) Motivate more voters to get out to the polls to protect our democracy.
Here Are Steps You Can Take To Reclaim Your Vote
Step 1: Check Your Registration Status
First, check your voter registration status and register to vote here.
Step 2: Know the Voter ID Laws in Your State
Every state has a different rule on voter identification. Some accept state and college IDs, others only accept valid driver's licenses, and some require ID to vote in person. Learn about your local voter ID laws here. Voter ID laws can change, depending on the state. If you have any questions, you should contact your Local Election Official.
Step 3: Know Where You Vote
Some states have also made recent changes to polling locations. Find your polling place here.
Step 4: Making a Plan: Know Before You Vote
Did you know that some states use paper ballots instead of electronic ballots? Unfortunately, both require standing in line at a polling place, and some states have moved to eliminate or restrict voting by mail, making it more difficult to cast your ballot.
This is crucial information depending on how many polling stations are in your district, including unforeseen circumstances. For example, polling machines occasionally malfunction, polling hours may vary, and there may be long lines to cast your vote, among other issues. Therefore, the best way to prepare is to develop a plan for voting in your district well in advance.
Step 5: Reclaim Your Vote in EVERY Election
The coordinated effort to suppress the vote can be overcome by reclaiming your vote. By voting in every federal, state, and local election, you have a say in who gets elected, and, by extension, you have a say in what becomes law. This is how you Reclaim Your Vote.
Early and mail-in voting makes it easier for everyone to vote
While organizations like the Urban League fight to protect our right to vote, we can do our part by registering and voting in state and local elections.