WHO WE ARE
Integrity First Voter Action Project is organized and operates under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are dedicated to protecting and expanding voting rights, and expanding Vote By Mail in every state.
Since the Supreme Court gutted key provisions in the Voting Rights Act, extreme politicians have taken advantage to pass harsh laws that restrict access to the ballot box. These restrictions particularly affect disadvantaged communities and people of color. It's our goal to bring awareness to these laws wherever they may crop up and organize voters to take action to ensure the right to vote is available to everyone in their states and communities.
VOTE BY MAIL
With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the need for Vote By Mail has never been clearer. Voters shouldn't have to choose between exercising their right to vote and protecting themselves and their families from sickness.
Before the pandemic struck the U.S., only five states—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington—conducted their elections using a vote-by-mail system. Though all states allow voters to vote by mail in certain circumstances, before the pandemic 16 required voters to provide reasons for those preferences before their applications were approved. Those restrictions have been significantly relaxed over the past couple of months, with many states actively working to expand options for at-home voting in an attempt to limit foot traffic at polling places. But some states are refusing to budge in implementing or expanding Vote By Mail.
Leading up to the general election, governors' rules on absentee voting will likely remain in flux as states gauge the success of pandemic restrictions imposed thus far and determine which restrictions will need to remain in place through November. According to a study published Monday by researchers at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Ball State University, in-person voting during Wisconsin's primary election likely led to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. Recognizing the risks involved in visiting polling places to vote in person, the majority of Americans have said in recent surveys they would support shifting to a vote-by-mail system for this year's presidential election.
The Voter Action Project will help advance Vote By Mail in states that have refused to implement or expand such voting.