Voting Rights

Overview

We target the systemic barriers which exclude millions of people from exercising their constitutional right to vote.

The right to vote is fundamental. Still, however, Texas voters continue to face obstacle after obstacle just to participate in the democratic process. Millions of eligible voters remain shut-out of the democratic process, a disparate number of whom are young, poor, and people of color.

 

From our bottom-of-the-barrel voter turnout to the complex system of voter registration laws, the need for democracy reform in Texas has never been more critical.  Indeed,  President Obama recently noted that Texas lags behind other states “because the folks who are currently governing the good state of Texas aren’t interested in having more people participate.”

 

The Texas Civil Rights Project focuses its work on tackling the systemic issues that suppress voting rights in Texas – from voter registration to the moment an individual casts their ballot.

 

Through our legal advocacy, TCRP is turning the tide on the state’s abysmal voting rights record by removing barriers to voter registration, supporting grassroots voter mobilization efforts, and opposing new attempts to suppress voting. No other legal advocacy organization in Texas is focused on these issues.

What we’re facing

2013

Year in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the key part of the Voting Rights Act that protected millions of disenfranchised voters of color in Texas.

2,000 voters

Number of recorded complaints between September 2013 and May 2015 of voters who mistakenly believed that the Department of Public Safety updated their voter registration records.

Class C misdemeanor

Charge a person can face if they handle a completed voter registration form in any Texas county without first completing a confusing, and many times inaccessible, deputization process in that specific county.

 

50th or 49th

Texas’ usual ranking in voter turnout rate nationally.

Ongoing issues

Get Help

Are you a victim of a voting rights violation?  Click here to fill out our online intake form.