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- Rock the Vote with the WNBA is campaigning for the “Freedom to Vote.”
- The Freedom to Vote aims to protect the rights voters.
- Twenty organizations are also supporting the campaign.
Rock the Vote, the leading nonpartisan nonprofit that connects politicians to young voters, is partnering with the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) for a brand new campaign initiative called the Freedom to Vote.
Organized by the people who campaigned for For The People and John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the Freedom to Vote campaign protects residents' right to vote, especially in states like Arizona, Georgia and Texas that have instituted what critics call voter suppression mandates, the organization told Changing America.
“Most of us believe for democracy to work for all of us, it must include all of us. But, we’ve seen extremist politicians in states putting up barriers to silence voices and manipulate our elections,” Rock the Vote President and Executive Director Carolyn DeWitt said. “When it comes to our elections, we want a transparent process we can trust, where Americans have equal freedom to vote. Federal legislation would enact national standards for voting, take big money and special interests out of our democracy, and protect against voting policies that discriminate. That’s why it’s critical we empower voters with information about these pieces of legislation and provide resources so they can make their voices heard.”
As the organization states, educating young voters about political discourse is a challenge across various states, and knowing where to engage civic voters is also a hurdle.
Among the other partners that are funding the campaign are the following:
18 Million Rising
Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund
All on the Line
American Association of University Women
Black Male Voter Project
Black Voters Matter Fund
End Citizens United / Let America Vote Fund
Major League Soccer Players Association
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund
National Women's Soccer League Players Association
The Andrew Goodman Foundation
Voice in Sport
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