Still Fighting Voter Suppression in 2018 [UPDATED]

Still Fighting Voter Suppression in 2018 [UPDATED]

There is no mention of an “affirmative right to vote” in the U.S. Constitution; however, countless lives have been lost in the pursuit of obtaining the franchise. While many believe the country is stronger when everyone exercises the franchise, there are some that...
Debt Paid, Voting Restored [UPDATED]

Debt Paid, Voting Restored [UPDATED]

Across the country, more than six million people have been disenfranchised because of a felony conviction, according to The Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C. non-profit that addresses disparities in the criminal justice system. That disenfranchisement typically...
Voter Suppression Still Cause for Concern

Voter Suppression Still Cause for Concern

In the fall 2017 edition of Respect, we tackled the issue of voter suppression and reported on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Since then, that commission, which only met twice and was plagued with controversy and eight lawsuits, has been...
Voter ID Laws—Blocking Access to the Ballot

Voter ID Laws—Blocking Access to the Ballot

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 34 states have laws requiring voters to show some form of ID at the polls. Some state laws specifically require photo identification, others states do not. (New Jersey requires no document to vote.) In the...