DOES MY VOICE COUNT?

VOTER SUPPRESSION THEN AND NOW

Voter suppression is poisoning our democracy.

A federal agent enrolls an elderly black man to vote for the first time in Mississippi as a young boy looks on, Tylertown, MS 1965-­‐6
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In 2013, a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was eliminated, opening the floodgates enabling states to implement new unfair strategies to suppress the vote of people of color, the poor and disadvantaged, the elderly and students.

Fair voting is the hallmark of a true democracy. Partisanship and polarization has led to making it harder for persons to participate and make their voices heard.

LEARN AND TAKE ACTION:

Does My Voice Count is an educational project that offers the following:

  • A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: a photographic document of the early enfranchisement of Mississippi African Americans just after the Voting Rights Act was passed effectively giving the power of the vote for the first time in a hundred years.
  • THEN AND NOW: In 55 years, what’s changed? —a detailed comparison of voter suppression laws before and after these two pivotal moments in voter history (the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the its partial removal in 2013)
  • HOW TO TAKE ACTION: Resources: How to help stop this injustice and bring fairness back to elections.
  • A FREE PRESENTATION: Bring an engaging public conversation on voter suppression and its remedies to your community.
A member of Jim Lemkin’s group meets an African-American woman on her front step to discuss the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the lifting of voter suppression tactics.
A member of Jim Lemkin’s group meets an African-American woman on her front step to discuss the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the lifting of voter suppression tactics.