Posted on April 7, 2022
Grantee Fair Fight Action is fighting to protect your freedom to vote
Why We Fight
Georgia, like many Southern states, has a long history of continually suppressing the right of people of color to vote. But let’s be clear: this suppression is not part of some sad and distant past—it continues to happen today.
Right now, voters across the country are facing the worst attacks on our freedom to vote since Reconstruction. After Black, brown, and young voters made history in 2020—turning out in record numbers to make their voices heard—bad actors and conspiracy theorists have doubled down on their efforts to push access to the ballot box as far out of reach as possible. What we’re witnessing is Jim Crow 2.0.
This pattern of systemic, ongoing efforts to suppress communities of color is not new, and efforts from bad actors are growing. Since 2020, these bad actors and their allies have led a vigorous operation to spread disinformation as a precursor to attempt a wholesale invalidation of legal votes––particularly from voters of color. Fair Fight Action is determined to mitigate the harm of these insidious efforts from multiple angles, including filing litigation challenging unconstitutional election policies and engaging in advocacy nationwide to protect and expand the freedom to vote.
Voters are the reason we do this work. They are at the heart of our plans and advocacy efforts. The gravity of our role as a voice for hundreds of thousands of voters in this country does not deter us; rather, it energizes us, and fuels our determination to achieve our ultimate goal––free and fair elections for all.
Where We Are Now
In 2021, Fair Fight Action and our allies identified over 600 anti-voter bills moving through state legislatures across the country. We worked together to mitigate the harm of these bills and defeating provisions that would have:
- Ended no-excuse vote by mail in Georgia and Arizona;
- Imposed strict photo ID requirements on vote by mail in Arizona; and
- Dramatically restricted student voting in New Hampshire
But the fight continues. Anti-voter bills continue to pop up in state legislatures nationwide; these restrictive measures echo the provisions in Georgia’s own anti-voter bill, SB 202––the most egregious anti-voter bill in modern history. Passed by Governor Brian Kemp last Spring, the law restricts vote by mail, linewarming, and provides the State Election Board permissions to take over county Board of Elections. These anti-voter bills undermine voters’ confidence in our elections and impair their ability to exercise their freedom to vote.
However, even in the face of these immense attacks on voters across the country, Fair Fight Action has helped contribute to so many wins in this fight, including:
- Restoring more than 22,000 Georgians to the voting rolls;
- Advocating for key changes to state election law;
- Sharing stories of Georgia voters’ experience, including the production and submission of the first state report entered into the Congressional Record;
○ This work has expanded to include voters’ stories from across the nation
- Alerting the public to the impact of Georgia’s unconstitutional system and its national implications, and;
- Educating young Americans about how democracy works and providing resources and tools to advocate for voting rights through our Civics for the Culture programming.
You Are Our Greatest Partner in this Fight
While we live and adapt in the midst of an all-out assault on our voting rights and our democracy, it’s in spite of these challenges that, for years to come, Fair Fight Action will continue to advocate, organize, and litigate to protect the freedom to vote and mitigate voter suppression.
While our work to uplift the voices of voters pushes ahead, Fair Fight Action wants to remind you: the power of our democracy lies with you. As the late John Lewis once said, the right to vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument in a democratic society. We must use it.
With your support, we can work together to ensure all eligible Americans are able to register to vote, cast a ballot, and have their ballot counted. We’re committed to fighting for free and fair elections so that all voters can make their voices heard.
Let’s get it done.