The impact of your support
Voter suppression poses a very real threat to our democracy. Barriers keep too many from exercising their right to vote and undermine the ideal of a truly representative democracy. Dēmos’ vision of an inclusive democracy means protecting the mechanisms of civic participation, especially for Black and brown communities and popularizing ideas and policies that affirm multi-racial prosperity, cross-racial unity, and a government for all.
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Why this work is important
Over the course of American history, barriers have been erected preventing millions of Americans from exercising their right to vote and keeping our country from becoming a truly representative democracy. Free and fair access to voting is essential for ensuring that all voices are heard and are reflected in policymaking, particularly with respect to the glaring inequities in economic opportunity faced by communities with a historical deficit of political power. The current pandemic has not fallen equally across society. It has magnified crises that have always existed for Black and brown people. Now, more than ever, we need long-term solutions to these longstanding inequities. The current crisis of our democracy and economy, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, is the product of deep, systemic forms of exclusion and inequity in our political and economic institutions. Dēmos’ Voter Protection Program works to defend and expand access to voting rights for all Americans and protect against voter suppression, centering people of color and others who are disproportionately disenfranchised.
Our track record
Dēmos is a dynamic “think-and-do tank” powering the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy by introducing bold, race-forward progressive ideas, reinforcing them with original research and analysis, and moving them from concept to reality through policy advocacy, impact litigation, and deep relationships with grassroots partners. Dēmos champions solutions that will create a democracy and economy rooted in racial equity and inclusion. Our Legal department litigates and provides policy expertise to protect voters; our Policy and Research team conducts research to move and inform policy reform; and our Campaigns and Partnerships staff build deep relationships with grassroots organizations to develop on the ground campaigns. Our pursuit of structural enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act has facilitated voter registration opportunities for well over 3 million people to date. In addition to 15 ongoing voting rights cases, we have launched a rapid response to new COVID-19 related threats by expanding our focus to three additional states most at risk for wide voter suppression in Black and brown communities.