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Prepared to Vote

Protecting the right to vote is vital to our democracy.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 protected the right to vote for all citizens, ensuring voters of color had the safeguards necessary to participate fully in our country’s political process.

Following the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision, those protections stripped away core protections of the act. Since then, states and localities have unleashed voter suppression laws and practices that make it harder for Black people and other people of color to exercise the fundamental right to vote.

This is where we come in.

For more than a decade, Prepared to Vote (PTV) has prepared voters for elections by engaging volunteers on Election Day. Prepared to Vote equips voters with information needed to protect voting rights and support Black political participation. Through our on-the-ground advocacy, public education campaigns, and litigation in the courtroom, we are fighting back against attempts to restrict our right to vote.

Find voter information in PTV target states

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Volunteer

Join us! Volunteer to help us effectively dismantle barriers to the ballot. There are many ways to get involved. 

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Report issues

Help us identify and respond to instances of voting-related discrimination, intimidation and suppression.

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Share your story

Have you experienced voter suppression and discrimination? Please share your story with us. We are listening!

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Voter checklist


Leave No Power on the Table: Your Guide to Local Elections

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Voting is so much more than the presidential election. Our state, municipal, and county-level elected officials make a wide range of decisions that affect your daily life. We’ve compiled an index of some of the major elected positions in state and local government and their functions to help you prepare to vote and become acquainted with how state and local government impacts your life and your community.

View the guide