Voting rights for Black Americans are under attack. Voter suppression is real—and it's happening everywhere. Stand with the National Urban League. Sign our petition today to call on Congress to promote voting rights and combat voter suppression for people of color across America.
In 2008, the first time a major party Black presidential candidate was on the ballot, the Black voting rate matched or exceeded the voting rate of whites for the first time. Not surprisingly, a wave of racially-motivated voter suppression legislation swept the nation the year of the next federal election, 2010. State lawmakers that year introduced hundreds of voter suppression measures, from slashing early voting to enacting strict voter I.D. requirements.
This suppressive environment continues today—in fact, it has only grown. As of March 2019, voting access is threatened in a dozen U.S. states. And during the 2018 election, voters in 23 states—nearly half the country—faced tougher restrictions than they did in 2010.
To ensure Black Americans have an equal voice in the upcoming election, we must tell Congress to advance the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), which restores full enforcement protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We must also urge Congress to support the National Urban League's efforts to fight for policies that:
Our democracy is at stake. Sign our petition today to tell Congress to protect, preserve, and enhance voting rights for all.