We’re just over five weeks until election day and millions of Americans miss the chance to vote because they missed their state’s voter registration deadlines, or didn’t have access to clear information about how to register. We’re determined to change that.
As we head into October and Voter Education Month, take a few minutes to look through this Elle.com article, How to Participate in Politics, No Matter How Much Free Time You Have, which outlines how readers can get involved in the election this year—whether someone has 5 minutes or 5 hours to give. Additionally, we’re partnering with ProPublica on their User’s Guide to Democracy, a series of messages made available to their hundreds of thousands of readers nationwide. ProPublica will be incorporating VOTE411.org’s candidate and other voting information into personalized messages to voters in the lead-up to Election Day.
Here are a few more things that happened in September:
Senate Campaign Finance Reporting Moves to E-Filing
In a win for public transparency this month, Senate candidates must now file their campaign finance reports to the Federal Election Commission electronically.
The new Senate e-filing provision will make it easier for voters to know who is funding political campaigns (and how those campaigns are spending that money) in a more timely—and more 21st-century—manner.
Missouri Voters Fight Disenfranchisement
The state of Missouri has been failing to provide address update services required by the NVRA. Last week a judge ruled Missouri must immediately contact individuals who were not provided the required voter registration services when updating their address. This important step will help to ensure fewer voters in the state will be disenfranchised this November!
The Voting Rights Act Since Shelby
This month the League provided written comments for the Commission on Civil Rights’ report on minority voting rights access and how the Justice Department has been enforcing the VRA in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision.
Overall the report finds that many discriminatory practices are in use that threaten the right to vote for minority voters. The report makes recommendations to Congress and the Department of Justice with regards to policy and enforcement solutions to protect voters.