Earlier in 2016, the Transformative Justice Coalition, led by renowned national voting rights expert, civil rights leader, attorney and advocate Barbara R. Arnwine, coordinated a team of attorneys, researchers and voting rights policy experts to analyze the current state of voting rights in the United States.
A new report emerged entitled "Fostering an Inclusive Democracy – A Strategic Vision to Protect & Expand Voting Rights." It is the result of their comprehensive literature review, in-person interviews with state and national voting rights legal and policy experts and focus groups with voting rights organizers.
The report provides:
- An overview of the United States' pioneering and history-making model of democracy and its expansion and retraction over time of ensuring voting rights to all citizens.
- Useful summaries of the often multifaceted and complex challenges for equal voting rights and political participation faced by vulnerable communities, which included Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, women, youth, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated persons, rural populations, and low-income communities.
- Strategic recommendations to advance the goal of securing the rights of full citizenship for all Americans by ensuring unfettered access to the vote.
The report includes a national assessment as well as on-the-ground assessments of the state of play of voting rights, including voter suppression efforts, in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans/Louisiana. It also includes analysis related to tribal communities across the United States.