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.

Request Your Ballot Day: Voters Shouldn’t Have To Choose Between Their Health and Their Vote

Thursday, September 10 is Request Your Ballot Day. The right to vote is a basic American freedom, but no one should have to choose between voting and protecting their health. Voting by mail is one of the most secure ways to vote—it leaves a paper trail, and has strong security measures that ensure the authenticity of ballots and track them from the day they’re printed to the day they’re counted. Request your mail-in ballot today!

What’s at Stake: LGBTQ Civil Rights

When it comes to LGBTQ rights, President Trump says one thing but does another. The National Center for Transgender Equality cites at least 69 anti-transgender and anti-LGBTQ actions since Trump took office.

Questions for 2020 Candidates:
* Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment to outlaw same–sex marriage?
* Do you support including LGBTQ citizens in laws that prohibit workplace and housing discrimination? Have you, or would you, co–sponsor the Equality Act to do that?
* Do you support President Trump’s rollbacks of transgender rights in the military, health care, and access to homeless shelters?

Inside the Fall Issue of Ms.

In our expanded Fall 2020 issue, we 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.

Join the Ms. community today and you’ll get this expanded Fall election issue delivered straight to your mailbox.

Feminist Voters Could Decide the November Elections

This year, underlying the largest gender gaps in history, is the growing proportion of women who identify as feminists—a situation the suffragists hoped would happen after women fought and won the vote.

If voting rates and turnout among women go beyond the last presidential election and are the highest ever reported—in 2008 as 65.5 percent—then the gender gap and feminist factor’s impact on the outcome of the 2020 elections will likely be even larger than in 2018 or past presidential elections.