Voting Rights

Every election, Americans head to the polls to exercise their most fundamental right – the right to vote. Unfortunately, over the past year, new measures have been introduced by Republicans that would make it harder for millions of eligible voters to register or vote. Republicans in states across the country are claiming widespread voter fraud exists – despite overwhelming evidence that fraud is rare and has no significant impact on elections – and are passing laws that require strict government-issued, current photo identification or that would restrict opportunities for early voting. These laws disproportionally affect the poor, young people, and minorities. Many student identification cards don’t meet state requirements, nearly one in four African Americans don’t carry the necessary forms of identification, and African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to vote early compared to other groups.

House Democrats will not stand for these partisan efforts to hinder access to the ballot and are working with the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and voting-rights groups to draw attention to these forms of voter suppression. We are committed to ensuring that all eligible voters are able to register, vote and make certain their vote is counted; and we urge Republicans to abandon their partisan efforts that could deny more than five million Americans throughout our nation the right to vote.