Protecting Voting From COVID-19: Picking a President During a Pandemic (Part 2)

U.S. democracy was already under assault from voter suppression tactics, and now the nation is challenged with holding a presidential election during a pandemic.

From social unrest to polling site closures to a shortage of poll workers, here’s what’s standing in the way of voting this year—and the organizations and feminists on the ground making a difference.

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Ms.]

Protecting Voting From COVID-19 (Part 1)

U.S. democracy was already under assault from voter suppression tactics, and now the nation is challenged with holding a presidential election during a pandemic.

From now until Election Day, we will examine how the ongoing battle over voting rights will have an impact on the country’s ability to hold fair elections during a pandemic, as well as on the difference women will make as voters and candidates.

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Ms. Part 2 of this report—”Protecting Voting From COVID-19: Picking a President During a Pandemic”—will be released tomorrow.]

Georgia Wrongfully Purged 200K Voters—With Focus on Black Voters, ACLU Report Finds

A recent shocking report published by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) exposes massive voter suppression efforts in Georgia:

Almost 200,000 voters in Georgia were purged from the rolls for allegedly moving—when in reality, they had not moved at all.

Voters were purged at a 63.3 percent error rate.

An overwhelming majority of the wrongly identified movers resided in the Atlanta Metro Area—a majority Black city.

We Heart: Senators on Suffrage and the Importance of Voting

To mark the suffrage centennial, the Smithsonian Museum of National History put together a digital exhibit celebrating the Suffrage Movement called “Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage” about the history of the suffrage movement and what has been left out of the history books. The tab “Senators on Suffrage” includes reflections on suffrage from women senators.

The Difference Women Voters Make

Women vote at higher rates than men, and there is a growing gender gap in partisan affiliation and presidential voting, fueled largely by Black and Latina women’s strong identification with the Democratic Party.

Yet despite the fact that women are over 53 percent of voters, they are just 23.7 percent of Congress, 29.2 percent of state legislators, and 28.9 percent of statewide executive officeholders.

We have a long way to go to achieving women’s equality.

Voting Rights are Reproductive Rights: Legislators Across 19 States on 19th Amendment’s Legacy

Reproductive freedom and voting are intrinsically linked.

“As long as women’s reproductive freedom continues to be politicized, women must vote.”

“Controlling women’s bodies has been a method of subjugation for centuries, as has been hindering and preventing people from voting, a central pillar of our democracy. Notably, we cannot truly get or keep one without the other.”