Making sure the public knows where, when, and how to vote is essential to strong voter participation. Since the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder ruling weakened the Voting Rights Act, many states and counties that had previously reported changes to the US Department of Justice no longer have to catalogue those changes. As a result, citizens may not know where, when, and how to vote.
The transparency requirement would require local and state authorities to report new voting procedures clearly, quickly, and publicly. The measure would give people all the information they need to participate in the political process, help hold our government accountable to its citizens, and ensure that changes could be monitored.
Download our fact sheet on transparency requirements here, and check back soon for content on how you can take action to hold the government accountable in your state!