Voter Stories

Our voices matter. As we approach the 2020 election, we must share our stories to spark change.

Kentucky
KY
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Rynn Young, a Louisville resident, lost the right to vote 21 years ago, after a felony drug possession conviction at age 18. 

"Twenty-one years without a voice is unimaginable," Young said. 

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Alabama
AL
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older black man at voting booth outside

So, first of all, if you are poor, if you are a person of color in the state of Alabama, it is a longer, harder road to the ballot box….Even

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Texas
TX
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A Texas appeals court upheld the conviction of green card holder Rosa Maria Ortega for voter fraud cementing a sentence of eight years in jail and a likely deportation. Ortega,

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Alabama
AL
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 The poll tax was established to suppress voting. So money is a burden. In Alabama, even obtaining the so-called free state issued photo ID requires people to draw on scarce

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Alabama
AL
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In 2016 Secretary of State John Merrill told a documentary film crew, and I quote, "If you're too sorry or lazy to get up off your rear and to go

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Alabama
AL
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Voter turnout in Alabama is regularly below the national average in 2018 and the 2018 midterm election. Only 47.5% of eligible voters cast a ballot in Alabama despite historic turnout

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Massachusetts
MA
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Vote Buttons On Table

Yoleny Ynoa, a 22-year resident of Salem, said that he’s experienced discrimination at the polls. He works with elderly Spanish speakers and said that he’s had experiences where he’s taken

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Mississippi
MS
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Byron Coleman was convicted of receiving stolen goods several years ago. That felony is disenfranchising in the state of Mississippi. Coleman said he had paid his debt to society."Before I leave

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Colorado
CO
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I spoke with one woman who was a first-time voter in Boulder. A mother who’s originally from Central America, she also declined to have her name in print for fear

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Alabama
AL
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Tim Lanier is frustrated at not being able to vote after serving 18 years in prison. “Not being able to vote or participate in a democratic society, emotionally it makes

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