TO: Interested Parties
FR: Catherine Cortez Masto, DSCC Chair, Cheri Bustos, DCCC Chairwoman
RE: Democratic Campaign Committees Investing Millions to Protect Voting Rights Across Battleground States
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have made an eight-figure investment in a legal strategy across key battleground states, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas that will take on Republicans’ decades-long voter suppression crusade and increase access to the ballot for young people, communities of color, and rural voters. This legal strategy is only more urgent as Republicans have been emboldened by President Trump’s baseless and disproven claims of voter fraud.
The DSCC and DCCC – along with the DNC, partner political organizations, state parties and local stakeholders – are pursuing these challenges to counteract arbitrary partisan advantage, end obvious voter suppression, and expand access to the ballot. We are encouraged to have already achieved changes to state voting laws and will continue to tear down barriers to Democratic victory in 2020 and beyond, and most importantly, to protect the integrity of our Democracy.
In South Carolina and Texas, the DSCC and DCCC are challenging barriers to voter registration for students, voters of color and rural voters:
The DSCC and DCCC are suing to overturn laws in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Florida that have erected barriers to voting for targeted Democratic constituencies including voters of color.
In Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, and Texas, the DSCC and DCCC, along with the DNC in key instances, have challenged rules that arbitrarily dictate what order candidates are listed on the ballot. Studies have repeatedly shown that the candidate or political party consistently listed first has a “primary effect,” increasing their vote share by as much as 5 percent.
When we expand access to the ballot, it’s good for our democracy and it’s good for Democrats. As the cycle moves forward, the DSCC and DCCC will continue to work with key partners to challenge laws that restrict access to the ballot or create a partisan disadvantage for Democrats.