By Caitlin Abber
Some major civil rights groups, like the ACLU, are fighting back. They say sections of the law, particularly the parts that target early voting, and the ability to just show up and vote without registering (which is what a lot of 18-year-olds do) violate the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The ACLU is even saying that this law targets African American voters – 70 percent of whom voted early in 2008 and 2012.
The law is going to trial in 2015, which means a lot of people who would like to vote during the 2014 midterm elections may be turned away.
In response, Rock The Vote, in partnership with 45 organizations including Planned Parenthood and GLAAD, has started ProtectVoting.com. You can head there to sign a petition, download graphics to share on Facebook and Twitter, and just generally learn more.
In their statement about ProtectVoting.com, Rock The Vote said:
“Rock the Vote is deeply disappointed by the court’s decision that allows HB589 to remain in place even though it disproportionately impacts young people’s right to vote in the state of North Carolina. By eliminating same-day voter registration, pre-registration of 16- and 17-year- olds, and mandatory high school registration drives, North Carolina has sanctioned discrimination against the country’s youngest, largest and most diverse generation. Rock the Vote strongly opposes NC HB 589, and will continue to fight on behalf of America’s young adults to ensure that their voting rights are protected.”
And guess what? Some of your favorite musicians have thrown their support behind the protection of voting rights as well. Bleachers, Chromeo, Wallpaper and more have all created this super cool video, which we are premiering here!:
+ Watch Lollapalooza Artists Discuss #ProtectVoting
You can read Rock The Vote’s full statement, and get involved with ProtectVoting.com here.
Because, as Jack Antonoff said, “Laws that make it harder for anyone to vote, specifically young people and minorities, are completely absurd.”