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Our democracy is at stake. Help us create access to the ballot box and prepare voters to exercise their rights.

LDF’s Prepared to Vote and Voting Rights Defender projects work to advance voting rights and support Black political engagement. Through advocacy, legislation, and litigation, we are building Black political power.

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Democracy Defended: Lessons Learned from the 2022 Midterm Elections and the Path Ahead for the 2024 Election

In 2022, LDF conducted civic engagement, election monitoring, and advocacy efforts in seven southern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. As identified through the monitoring and advocacy work during these elections, limitations on the ability of Black voters to access the ballot and have their votes counted remained a prominent factor in U.S. elections. In addition to voter intimidation and election sabotage threats, LDF and our partners observed many obstacles that made it harder for Black voters to vote. Democracy Defended incorporates just some of the data points and observations conveyed during elections in LDF’s target states in 2022. It also reflects lessons informed by these findings and key takeaways from prior Democracy Defended reports that can position civil rights advocates to engage strategically to support voters in 2024 and beyond.

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Democracy Defended: Findings from the 2020 Election

Democracy Defended captures and analyzes LDF’s election-related activities during the 2020 election season, including Prepared to Vote (PTV) and Voting Rights Defender. The report bears witness to unrelenting attempts to suppress the Black vote and documents pre-election barriers to voting; state-specific litigation; information on voter issues reported by our trained nonpartisan poll monitors and remote monitors; state and county specific advocacy PTV/VRD teams undertook to counteract the barriers and issues identified; and data related to direct voter education.

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