Sept. 19 is National Voter Registration Day, so take a minute to make sure you’re ready to vote this year.
According to a 2020 Williams Institute report, around 9 million LGBTQ+ folks are registered to vote, with the 2020 election seeing the highest turnout record of voters identifying as LGBTQ+ since 1992.
But there have been hundreds of pieces of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation introduced this year in states across the country, targeting: healthcare access, book bans in schools and libraries, drag queens, LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum, the forced outing of trans students, LGBTQ+ access to domestic violence services, and so much more.
The anti-LGBTQ+ backlash is here—yes, even in California—and we need you to do your part.
We all know voting isn’t perfect. For centuries, there have been discriminatory practices at the polls, including voter intimidation and misinformation, voter roll purges, long lines and closed facilities, redistricting, gerrymandering, and invalidating ballots by mail. As of 2022, 4.6 million Americans are restricted from voting because 48 states prohibit people with felony convictions from voting.
Additionally, millions of Americans are unable to vote every year because they missed a registration deadline, have an incorrect address listed, or simply don’t know how to register. Check your registration status, register to vote, and sign up for election reminders to make sure your voice is heard.