Dear MoveOn member,
Terrible news: A shocking new report finds that 16 million voters were purged from the voter rolls before the 2016 election.1 And an aggressive new round of voter purges in advance of the 2018 election could cost us control of Congress this November.
The study, conducted by the non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice, finds that voter purges have skyrocketed since 2013, when the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act.2 Millions of voters, including disproportionate numbers of Black and Latino voters, have simply been wiped from the rolls.3
We can't let Republicans steal yet another election. MoveOn is organizing our largest midterm voter mobilization effort ever to make sure that people are registered and able to cast their ballots on Election Day, and we need to act quickly to make sure that voters hear from us in time. Will you chip in $3?
In Georgia, Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp removed nearly 600,000 registered voters from the rolls this year.4 Ohio Secretary of State, Republican Jon Husted, has disenfranchised 2 million people since 2011, and when the Supreme Court told him to stop, he simply ordered county officials to restart the purges.5 It's the same story in state after state.
Voter purges aren't the only kind of voter suppression that we're facing this year. Of the 60 seats most likely to flip from red to blue this fall, more than half are in states with voter ID laws that make it harder for low-income and people of color to vote.6,7
We clearly can't count on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of voters—they're the ones who gutted the Voting Rights Act in the first place. And with Republicans in control of the process in so many of the states where the outcome of the election will be decided, we have to win with good old-fashioned shoe leather: registering voters who might have been dropped from the rolls and then reminding them to get out and vote in November.
MoveOn has launched the biggest midterm Get Out the Vote effort in our 20-year history to stop GOP voter suppression from stealing this election and to help elect bold, progressive leaders to Congress. But with just 101 days to go until Election Day, we're counting on your help to finance this effort. Will you chip in $3?
Thanks for all you do.
–Manny, Rahna, Matt, Emily, and the rest of the team
1. "States purged 16 million voters from the rolls before the 2016 election," ThinkProgress, July 20, 2018
4. "Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp," Let America Vote, accessed July 28, 2018
5. "Ohio restarts voter purge process with changes to help prevent unnecessary cancellations," Cleveland.com, July 9, 2018
6. "Voter Identification Requirements | Voter ID Laws," National Conference of State Legislatures, May 15, 2018
7. "2018 House Race Ratings," The Cook Political Report, July 27, 2018
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