Over 11 million

Eligible Voters

are being

Stripped of their Vote!

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TROUBLE AT THE VOTING STATION?

Election Protection Hotline:

  • English: 866-OUR-VOTE

  • Spanish: 888-VE-Y-VOTA

  • Arabic: 844-YALLA-US

  • Asian & Pacific languages: 888-API-VOTE

  • American Sign Language video: 301-818-VOTE

  • or text "OUR VOTE" to 97779

 
 

Helping Americans Exercise Their Fundamental Rights

Claim Your Vote assists Americans who have a legal right to vote, who wish to vote, and who cannot vote. For all American citizens, their vote is their voice – and our mission is to enfranchise those who have never had this voice, or who have lost their voice, so that these Americans can participate in American democracy.

The Problem

An enormous number of citizens are currently unable to exercise the right to vote.

Over the past ten years, under the pretext of protecting against voter fraud – which is a basically non-existent problem – states have instituted stricter and stricter photo IDs requirements. At the same time, under the guise of cleaning up and updating voting lists, states have also removed hundreds of thousands of eligible voters – if not more – from these rolls. These seemingly innocuous activities systematically target members of the minority underclass, many of whom live hand to mouth and whose cash-only world does not require IDs; this means that they cannot easily afford the fees and time associated with getting the required documents to register or vote.

What’s more, states have curtailed or eliminated early and absentee voting opportunities: they have reduced both the hours for early voting and the number of early polling stations. Laws have allowed partisan officials to prevent expansion of or reduce access to voting. And states have made it more difficult to run voter registration drives. These restrictions also target the underclass: the data shows that poor and minority voters have to travel further and wait far longer to cast their ballots.

We have been fighting voter suppression for years.

In 2018, we are partnering with Let America Vote, and expanding our efforts in Florida and New Hampshire.

To read more about the partnership between Let America Vote and Claim Your Vote, click here.

The Situation in Florida

In Florida’s 26th district (FL-26), we are solving two problems:

  1. There is low turnout among Hispanic voters.

  2. There are many displaced Puerto Rican citizens who are not registered to vote.

Between these two groups, we estimate that the district has at least 130,000 eligible Hispanic voters who are not voting. We are reaching out to both of these groups so they can register to vote.

Learn more about our program in Florida.

We are also partnered with The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC).

 

The Situation in New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, the GOP-controlled state government has recently passed two laws that attempt to curtail student voting – and rumors about them may discourage students from voting. But providing accurate information will make it straightforward for them to vote and, in fact, neither of these laws will prevent students from voting in this year’s election.

Learn more about our program in New Hampshire.

Background

In New Hampshire, any resident can register and vote on the same day – up to and including on Election Day. The Republican-controlled state government has enacted new laws to make it more difficult for out-of-state students to vote.  

New Laws Include:

  • Senate Bill 3 restricts the ID required to register and vote for residents who have moved to the state fewer than 30 days prior to an election – but voters can easily meet these requirements.

  • While another bill (House Bill 1264) is also designed to discourage out-of-state students from voting, it does not come into force until 2019 so it is not relevant for this year’s elections.   

Our target audience is 130,000 citizens – a full 10% of New Hampshire’s population. Most of these are students and the rest are non-students between 18 and 24.

Learn more about our program in New Hampshire.

 
 

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