Fighting Voter Suppression
Voter suppression occurs when laws are passed that lead to significant burdens for eligible voters to exercise their rights. EmpowerWoC is engaged in advocacy and supports legislation to get rid of these harmful voter suppression efforts.
Voter ID laws
Partisan redistricting or gerrymandering
Reducing polling hours/locations
Restricting vote by mail
Limiting drop off locations for mail-in ballots
You can find a comprehensive list of forms of voter suppression here.
Why It Matters
The Texas Legislature has a history of passing laws that prevent or discourage certain groups of our society from registering to vote or casting their ballots.
These measures largely target specific groups based on age, race, ethnicity, political affiliation or other factors.
The most recent attempt at voter suppression is partisan redistricting aimed at diluting the minority vote. The Texas Observer writes,"Republicans draw the lines of power to protect their incumbents and amplify their white, conservative, rural base—and deny millions of Texans of color their due political representation."
EmpowerWoC supports legislation and candidates who value minority representation and understands their needs.