Elections

Voting Rights Institute

The Voting Rights Institute of the Democratic National Committee is a permanent organization created to monitor developments in election law, advocate to make voting more accessible, and provide guidance on voting rights and election administration issues. This work is integrally tied to our Party's platform, which commits to fully protecting and enforcing the fundamental right to vote.

The Democratic National Committee is dedicated to ensuring that the process of voting remains open and fair for all eligible Americans. We continue to work to defeat any legislative or political effort that erodes the most fundamental of American rights—the right to vote.

Under the leadership of its chair Donna Brazile, the Voting Rights Institute focuses on the protection and expansion of voting rights in a variety of ways, including:

  • Voting Rights Policy Development
  • Research and Publication
  • Voter Protection Organizing
  • Redistricting Support
  • Voting Rights Litigation Support
Resources

Before you cast your ballot, familiarize yourself with the voters' bill of rights. Download copies in English and Spanish below.

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Recent Updates
  • A victory for democracy

    When Ohio’s early voting locations open during the next 21 days, they will be open to all voters on equal terms. That simple premise was effectively reaffirmed today in an order by the Supreme Court of the United States. What’s astounding is that Ohio Republicans passed laws and implemented restrictions attempting to dismantle the right of qualified voters to enter the voting booth while the polls are open. Obama for America and the DNC sued the state of Ohio for discriminately closing its polling places to certain voters while leaving them open and accessible to other voters during the final three days of early voting. And with today’s ruling, our lawsuit has prevailed.

    Even so, we should not miscast today’s ruling as a mere political score for the Obama campaign. In fact, it’s a major victory for voters. With today’s order, the Supreme Court has left in place two lower court decisions which require that equal protection of the laws be accorded all eligible voters. That’s also a victory for democracy.

    This latest triumph does not stand on its own. It represents a major milestone in our successful fight against Republican-sponsored restrictions on voting rights. Nationally, voting rights advocates have challenged other restrictive voting laws—and won. I’ve previously discussed these efforts in states such as Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and New Hampshire.

    For the full meaning of these victories to be realized, however, we need to work at the grassroots level to make sure the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. If you are an attorney, paralegal, law student, or other voting rights advocate, join the Victory Counsel today. Together, we can ensure that all voters are able to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot and have it counted.

  • Heavy turnout in early voting shows importance of protecting voting rights

    While much of the nation’s attention is focused on November 6, the election has already begun in dozens of states that allow some form of early voting. As the numbers flow in, it’s becoming clear that turnout for early voting is notably higher than in 2008, particularly in key battleground states.

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  • With major victory in Ohio, voting rights momentum continues

    Just three days after a court blocked the implementation of Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, a federal appeals court has sided with the Obama campaign and the DNC, rejecting Ohio Republicans’ attempt to implement unconstitutional restrictions on early voting. As a result of today’s decision, when Ohio early voting locations open during this election, they will be open to all voters on equal terms.

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  • Today’s decision is a victory for Pennsylvania voters

    Today, we achieved another significant victory in our historic efforts to protect the right to vote when a Pennsylvania judge blocked implementation of the state’s restrictive voter ID law for this year’s presidential election.

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