Shaping The Voting Landscape
The typical voter protection program is defined by the campaign cycle. Once the election is over, the program ends — and all that knowledge and experience evaporates, only to be rebuilt from scratch with each new election cycle.
We’re changing the way we power the vote.
We created Power the Vote to do two things: (1) Fund year-round voter protection teams inside state Democratic parties and (2) Give them expertise, training, and support using the best practices we developed in Georgia.
We’re Fighting For Voters Year-Round
States have already enacted more than 20 voter suppression bills into laws since the beginning of 2021. Republicans are signaling they won’t certify elections when they don’t like the results.
They’re not taking time off. Neither can we.
We have a plan to fight voter suppression by funding and supporting voter protection teams year-round in five battleground states:
Georgia, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas
How Our Work Made the Difference in Georgia
In 2018, the Democratic Party of Georgia became the first state party to create a permanent voter protection program. Over the next two years, we built a program grounded in grassroots organizing and year-round relationship building — with elections officials, voters, and volunteers.
Georgia voters delivered, here’s how we helped:
We worked with election officials in 2020 to add 36 additional early voting locations and 6,000 more hours of voting in priority counties.
Absentee Ballot Form
We proposed a simplified absentee ballot application, which Georgia adopted as the official state form and mailed to 7 million registered voters in 2020.
Republicans attempted to prevent eligible voters from voting in the 2020 Senate Run-off Election. We defended against these challenges to 364,000 voters in 153 counties, without filing a single lawsuit.
Our Voter Protection Hotline received over 130,000 calls in seven languages in 2020. We answered voters’ questions and helped them overcome barriers to voting.
Monitored In Person Voting
We deployed 3,000+ poll watchers to monitor polling places across the state. This network served to quickly communicate polling place issues to a team ready to help.
We helped tens of thousands of voters with the process of curing their absentee or provisional ballots to ensure that their votes would be counted.
How We Work
We fund voter protection teams and provide them with the strategy and support to create effective voter protection programs through:
We work with the state and local Democratic Parties to build staff and volunteer capacity.
Fighting For Every Vote, Everywhere
It’s not enough to focus on cities and suburbs. Large numbers of marginalized and disenfranchised voters, including voters of color, live in rural communities. Year-round, sustained investments make it possible to fight for every vote — from big cities to rural counties, and everywhere in between.
Voter protection teams develop relationships with state and local election officials and use those relationships to expand voter access and resolve large-scale voting issues.
Reinvesting With Each Cycle
Every election cycle, voter protection teams lose their institutional knowledge — and with that goes their hard-fought insights and best practices. We capture that knowledge and integrate it into ongoing work in all of our states.
Our Commitment To Voters
We have seen first hand that barriers to voting disproportionately impact voters of color, the elderly, low-income voters, and voters with disabilities. We are committed to fighting for equitable outcomes for all voters, addressing systemic injustices, and amplifying marginalized voices.
Join Us As We Power The Vote
Democracy is not a spectator sport. We rely on people like you to help us defend and expand voting rights.
Make a donation today to support voter protection efforts across the country!