Prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many states used policies such as poll taxes and literacy tests to prevent Blacks from voting. Even after the voting barriers of the Jim Crow era were removed, lawmakers today continue to pursue policies that would discriminate and discourage people of color from voting.
Community leaders in CA are currently building a new electorate, pushing for policies that empower and shift resources for low-income communities of color and building political power.
Voter participation in national and local elections, voter registration, census participation, and descriptive representation of elected officials.
Voting is the primary mode of political participation in the United States and is central to ensuring that elected representatives and statutory initiatives address community needs.