Media Advisory - The War on Voting Rights

April 11, 2019
voting rights

The War on Voting Rights
Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy issues new report outlining current attacks on U.S. voting rights


The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy has released a report in advance of the 2020 Presidential election outlining the various attacks on the right to vote in the U.S. The report highlights the domestic ‘war on voting rights’ and the policy shifts critical to address the deterioration of the right to vote. The report states:

“The 2020 presidential election will be a showdown over the right to vote. The outcome will be determined by an electoral system under attack from both foreign and domestic sources. Russian efforts to manipulate the 2016 presidential election are being extensively investigated, but the domestic war on voting rights is less well understood. After more than a century of expanding the voting rights of previously disenfranchised groups, the American electoral system today is confronted by political and legal maneuvers to curtail the hard-won rights of these same groups, ostensibly in the name of combating fraud and regulating voting, but in fact in order to change the outcome of elections.”

Policy Recommendations from the Report:

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Media contacts

  • Carr Center Communications Manager | Sarah Peck
    Tel: +1 617 496 6086
  • Report Author | John Shattuck, Senior Fellow, Carr Center & former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under President Clinton