In its 2013 Shelby County v Holder decision, the Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the most important legislation of the Civil Rights era. Since then, voter suppression has proliferated, with politicians using numerous devious methods to prevent minorities, young people and the poor from voting. These include purging citizens from the voter rolls, eliminating polling sites, ending or restricting early voting, reducing the number of voting machines, changing residency requirements and mandating expensive, difficult to acquire IDs. Our democracy is in crisis, but there are common sense solutions to these problems. To find out more about voter suppression and what the groups we support are doing about it, go to Common Cause.
According to studies by the Associated Press, Republicans won about 16 more congressional seats in the 2018 elections than would have been expected based on their share of the vote and up to 22 more seats in the 2016 elections. These skewed outcomes result from extreme partisan gerrymandering, which is happening at every level of government. In the 2018 election, Democrats won half of North Carolina’s U.S. House votes but fewer than one quarter of the seats. In Wisconsin, they won 53% of state Assembly votes but only 36% of the seats. To learn more about gerrymandering and what the groups we support are doing to stop it, go to Common Cause.