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posted Friday, October 4, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 40
HRC and Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight announce partnership to combat voter suppression
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HRC and Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight announce partnership to combat voter suppression

WASHINGTON, DC (September 28, 2019) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight announced that they are partnering to help combat voter suppression in the critically important upcoming 2020 election. This new partnership will bring together the organizations' expertise in voter protection and voter mobilization to ensure fair and open elections in 2020 and beyond.

'The Human Rights Campaign is thrilled to partner with Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight to ensure that all of us are able to vote, and that all of our votes are counted,' said HRC President Alphonso David. 'The right to vote is fundamental, but it has been weaponized against underrepresented minorities throughout our nation's history. This weaponization has primarily targeted voters of color, but it has also harmed LGBTQ Americans. That's why we're making this significant investment and why we can't wait to get to work with Stacey and her team.'

'I am so proud to be building a partnership with the Human Rights Campaign - because this fight is all of our fight,' said Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight. 'We must make sure that LGBTQ voters and all voters across the country are able to register, to vote, and to have their vote counted - no matter who they are, what they look like or whom they love.'

Through this new partnership, the HRC will make a six-figure investment in Fair Fight's crucial work and leverage the existing resources and staff power the HRC brings to bear. Founded by Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight promotes fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourages voter participation in elections, and educates voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in targeted voter registration and other voter outreach programs and communications.

Voter suppression is a scourge our country faces in states across the nation. Georgia's 2018 elections shined a bright light on mismanagement, malfeasance, irregularities, and more, and Fair Fight works to expose both recent and decades-long actions and inactions by the state to thwart the right to vote. Voter suppression also impacts LGBTQ people, who far too often face disproportionate barriers in accessing their right to vote. For example, a transgender woman may be turned away from voting because she is unable to get her name changed legally in the state where she lives. These types of challenges are often compounded for LGBTQ people of color who face additional barriers that Fair Fight is dedicated to exposing and changing.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. Theh HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

Courtesy of the HRC

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