The History of voting rights
Democrats have a proud history of challenging voting rights that continues to this day. Organizers and activists have fought for their right to vote, and Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act in 1965 was the conclusion of all of their hard work.
The right to vote is significant — it is the right that preserves and extends all other rights. That’s why the Democratic Party has remained dedicated to making it simpler and more acceptable for Americans of all backgrounds to cast their ballot.
We adopted the boldest "Pro-Voter" platform in history — calling for increasing early voting and vote-by-mail, achieving universal automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration, ending partisan gerrymandering, and declaring Election Day a national holiday.
We do this by backing candidates for state, secretary of state, and state legislative seats who desire to expand voting rights. And we also back attempts in all 50 states to guarantee that every qualified citizen can register and vote, and that particular vote is correctly counted.
This work is all the more necessary in the face of a cynical Republican strategy to make it more difficult for ordinary Americans to vote.
In the wake of the Supreme Court gutting a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, 14 states passed or made some form of voting limitation. These actions involved excluding same-day registration, diminishing early voting, preventing out-of-precinct voting, and requiring strict photo ID laws.
During this same time span, though, 37 states established election laws or statutes increasing access to the ballot box, such as automatic registration, online voter registration, same-day registration, extending early voting, extending accepted forms of identification, or improving data through organizations such as Pew’s ERIC program.