A new initiative of LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute, the Voting Rights Defender (VRD) project will broaden LDF’s monitoring and tracking of voter suppression efforts in targeted jurisdictions months in advance of Election Day to identify as early as possible these suppression measures:
VRD will connect local partners with a resource team to combat suppressive measures using public exposure and media coverage, advocacy efforts with local actors and decisionmakers (e.g. calls, letters, petitions), and, if necessary, litigation.
Three critical bills that would safeguard our elections and ensure they have proper funding currently sit in the Senate.
HEROES Act: Passed in the House as a coronavirus relief package, the HEROES Act would provide our elections with the proper funding to ensure that all eligible voters could safely access the ballot.
H.R.1: The For the People Act would expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules, and limit the influence of private donor money.
H.R.4: The Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore power back to the gutted Voting Rights Act by requiring federal oversight of states and jurisdictions that have a history of voter suppression.
Make sure you have your personal protective equipment (PPE) set aside for election day so you can feel safe as you cast your ballot.