Voting Rights Update

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The national elections are just over a month away.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) supports voting rights and is part of a coalition pressing Congress to restore voting rights dismantled by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. NASW is also part of a Rock the Vote voter registration campaign with Social Work Helper Magazine, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, and the Council on Social Work Education. That campaign ends September 30.

To help social workers abreast of the voting landscape NASW prepared a Voting Rights Update. The update offers an overview of state and local laws that could hamper voting rights if not overturned as well as recent court actions that have upheld voting rights.


  1. The issue of voter fraud is real and actively being investigated in several states

    NASW should work with other voter rights organizations to find ways to vet U.S. citizens to register and vote. This may involve ways to help the impoverished and rural residents obtain ways to obtain positive ID. This may also include literacy training, to help people make informed decisions regarding whom they vote for.

    My past experience in working with NASW on voter registration drives (as a Chapter elected officer and member) has involved fellow members refusing to register voters in certain areas of town because, “we don’t want those people voting” (referring to conservatives).

    Yes, we want people to vote and exercise their civic responsibility for electing official to represent us.

  2. Obstacles like voter ID and concern over reading ability will keep many people from voting. Voter trun out is much too low. In order to truly represent the citizens there needs to be more people voting not less.

    The issue of voter fraud is a way to keep citizens from voting. Proving identity sufficiently if you don’t drive/have a drivers license is difficult. The expense of obtaining documents can be difficult to handle for lower income families. Many parts of the country are rural and the distance to travel can be a major obstacle for the non- driver.

  3. Where is there a statement from NASW about ways to prevent voter fraud? Without accepted ID, how does a voter prove his/her identity? If a person cannot read the ballot, how does the process ensure his/her ability to vote as they wish? Those ideas should be presented to the respective legislatures.

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