#WeVoteWeCount provides a voice for voters. A place where voters—YOU—can share personal experiences at the polls of voting rights interference.
Since the devastating 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, states have instituted restrictive voting laws that disproportionately impact voters and communities of color.
The Racial Equity Anchors Collaborative (Anchors) have joined together to launch WeVoteWeCount.org to provide a digital platform for voters to share their stories of interference with their voting rights at the polls, difficulties registering to vote and other barriers to voting. Together we will amplify voter stories submitted on the website and produce and widely distribute a report on these voters’ experiences in the hopes of sparking action that guarantees full voter protection.
Communities of color have faced a longstanding history of racially discriminatory laws that limit access to voting. Since the 2013 5-4 Shelby County v. Holder decision, the situation has worsened dramatically. Several states, including Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and many others have instituted voting measures that unfairly target and impact communities of color and, during the 2016 and 2018 elections, voters reported experiencing significant roadblocks at the polls. As the 2020 Presidential Election and the United States Census survey – where communities of color have historically been underrepresented – approaches, 2020 is a critical year to shed a light on discriminatory voting practices that prevent Americans from casting a ballot and being counted.
About The Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative
Advancement Project, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Demos, Faith in Action, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Congress of American Indians, National Urban League, Race Forward, and UnidosUS are a collaborative of nine leading national racial equity anchor organizations (Anchors) supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Together, we work to promote racial equity, advance racial healing, and ensure that all children, families, and communities have opportunities to reach their full potential.
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About The Report
The Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative (Anchors) embarked on a grassroots effort to lift up the voices of voters of color and their experiences in accessing the right to vote. We conducted “People’s Hearings” in select states over several months in 2019 and gathered first-hand accounts of voter suppression through those hearings and through lawsuits to protect voting rights.
In conducting the People’s Hearings, we found that witnesses primarily framed the right to vote in two ways:
- the right to be regarded and recognized as an eligible voter, and
- the right to cast a ballot without undue burden.
These frameworks were prevalent themes throughout the stories collected via the congressional and People’s Hearings, and through this website. This consistency indicated that, for communities of color, the right to be recognized as an eligible voter and the right to vote without undue burden are the components of the concept of the “right to vote” most severely contested or undermined in the modern-day fight to vote.
Our comprehensive report seeks to elevate the voices of affected communities across the country and provide important insights on the quest to vote.