Voting has not always been a right for citizens in the United States. The history of voter suppression and disenfranchisement is outlined by historian Alexander Keyssar in his book, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. Alexander Keyssar has a conversation about that history with Adele Oltman in this interview. But issues regarding voter suppression are not relics of our nation’s past. Voter suppression occurred during the 2018 midterm elections and voter ID laws, voter registration restrictions, voter purges, felony disenfranchisement, and gerrymandering continue to impact elections to come.
Many organizations exist that support the principles of democracy through protecting voter rights. Click on the following links to learn more about these organizations and what they are doing to protect voter rights in the United States.