Voting Matters: Fighting for Voter Rights

Voting Matters was licensed to support GRCC’s initiative to promote college student voting. GRCC users will be prompted to logon with last name and 7-digit Raider number. For more on voting, see the 2020Vote! Subject Guide.

More than 50 years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most extensive pieces of civil rights legislation, people of color across the United States still are engaged in a battle to protect their right to vote. Voting Matters follows one dynamic woman working tirelessly on the ground and in the courts to ensure that they are not denied this right. When a key section of the Voting Rights Act was struck down in 2013, several states with a history of racial discrimination immediately attempted to pass laws that further restricted voter rights. This came in the form of limiting the window for voter registration, purging voters with inactive histories and requiring more restrictive forms of ID. There are currently 23 states with such voter restrictions. This film follows civil rights attorney Donita Judge as she helps several voters in Ohio cast ballots even though they initially were turned away. Official Selection at the **Traverse City Film Festival**.

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