Voting Rights

In 2008, six million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.

Throughout the year we push our legislators to act because their decisions determine what happens in our lives. We urge them to vote in favor of legislation that will improve our jobs and workplaces. We push them to support key trade cases and other priorities. At other times we press them to oppose bad policy. Showing up to vote plays a role in the success or failure of these efforts.

When union members come out in big numbers on Election Day, it makes our year-round work stronger because elected officials are more responsive to those who vote. It’s also a way we hold lawmakers accountable and keep our issues on their radar.

Why might someone need to register or re-register? The possibilities can include never having voted before, not voting in a while, a name change, moving, completing punishment for a felony (rules vary by state), clerical errors and even being purged from the rolls by mistake.