The Voting Rights Act of 1965 makes it illegal for any state or local government to discriminate against racial or ethnic minority groups by denying them the right to vote. The introduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (“Advancement Act”) coincides with the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, a decision which invalidated the key enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. Moments after that decision was announced two years ago, morally corrupt agents in localities across the nation began formulating plans to disenfranchise minority groups by passing discriminatory voting changes. After decades of repression and discrimination, minority groups need more, not less, of a chance to have their voices be heard.
ADC Voter Protection Unit (ADC-VPU)
The ADC-VPU was established in October 2008. This special unit is dedicated to protect the Arab and Muslim American communities from attempts to interfere with the communities‘ right to vote and responding to fear tactics designed to promote hate, division, and hostility against the Arab and Muslim American communities.
Have you registered to vote? Not sure if you’re registered?
How can you volunteer?
ADC-VPU calls for volunteers to make a difference and help protect the rights of all voters. The ADC-VPU needs the assistance of those willing and available to become Election Monitors. Please email your information; including your name, email address, phone number, and voting district to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receiving your information a member of the VPU will be in touch with you to explain the process.
Election Monitor District Representative:
- Will serve as the go-to person to election monitors across a voting district.
- Responsible for contacting the City or County Clerk should an issue arise.
- Set schedules across a district and be responsible for strategically placing monitors.
- Responsible for reporting to the ADC-VPU on the day‘s activities.
- Someone familiar with election monitoring, organized, familiar with the voting district.
- Primary responsibility will be to ensure the fairness of the election process.
- Will be placed at a polling station by the District Representative.
- Will be given specific instructions on what to look for on Election Day.
- Will be provided instructions on how to report any acts of voter intimidation
- Willing to commit to a 3-4 hour block and have be able to carry out the duties.
Myths vs Truths
Myth: Poll workers can ask personal questions to determine my identity.
Truth: Poll workers are allowed to ask selected questions to determine the identity of a voter. They make ask for your address and some states require voters to present a valid form of identification (driver license included).
Myth: You can be denied access to vote and forced to leave the voting polls without casting a ballot.
Truth: All voters have the right to provisional ballots. If a poll worker challenges your eligibility to vote you can request a provisional ballot, which is researched after the election to determine the voter’s eligibility.
Myth: You cannot vote if your home is in foreclosure.
Truth: If your home is in foreclosure, you do not lose your right to vote. Some states, such as Michigan, allow those who have moved from their homes sixty days to vote in the same precinct. You do not need a home to vote.
Myth: An ex-felon cannot vote.
Truth: Not all states prohibit ex-felons from voting. Some states even afford those on probation the right to vote. A misdemeanor conviction does not affect your right to vote.
Myth: You cannot vote if you have unpaid parking tickets, traffic tickets, unpaid child support, or other fines.
Truth: Poll workers do not have information on unpaid fines or tickets. You cannot be turned away from the polls for the criteria mentioned above.
Myth: Immigration officers will be at the polls to check your immigration status.
Truth: Government workers at the polls, and other poll workers, are not allowed to ask for citizenship status if a voter is already registered.
Myth: You cannot wear campaign buttons, stickers, or t-shirts supporting a particular candidate or issue while voting.
Truth: Most states allow a voter to wear campaign attire to the polls while voting (note – a voter may not linger in the polling place area after voting). However, some jurisdictions, such as Virginia, have decided that such items are not allowed.