Countdown to the Nov. 8th Election!


2016 Election Center

Stand up and let your voice be heard!


Get Your Election Info Now

See who's running, learn more about what you need to bring to the polls, find out where to vote and much more.

Help me get all the info I need in:

Voting Rights


Confusion over South Carolina ID law could keep voters away
02/12/16 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 15:45

According to the state’s numbers, 178,000 South Carolinians, disproportionately non-whites, don’t have any of the forms of photo ID that the law calls for. Crucially, people are in fact allowed to vote even without a photo ID, as long as they sign an affidavit stating why they don’t have one. But those working to mobilize voters say which documents are and aren’t required is not well understood.

“I think people are confused,” said Jan Leonard, an official with the Charleston County Democratic Party....Leonard and others say the state has helped stoke that confusion through its public education campaign about the law. ...

Some of the confusion stems from the ID law’s passage through the courts....Ultimately, a three-judge federal panel upheld the law in 2012, but the judges made clear that the state had to accept almost any “reasonable impediment” that voters offered as a reason why they didn’t have ID.

North Carolina DMV says it messed up by rejecting 86-year-old woman
02/12/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:15

Amy Lee Knisley, Bowser’s daughter-in-law [, said] “She’s been voting and getting driver’s licenses, and traveling in the Caribbean and Mexico, all those 60 odd years. And the state of North Carolina decides none of that is good enough for us.” ...

Knisley, a faculty member at Warren Wilson College, worries about other women who may have difficulty proving that they changed their names when they married long ago. ...

If you don’t have a court order, marriage certificate or divorce decree to establish that you changed your name in the past, you can sign a DMV form DL-101 – an affidavit in which you affirm that you have legally changed your name – at the DMV office. ...

“We’ve not heard of [the opportunity to provide a sworn statement about name changes] before,” [Irving Joyner, a Durham lawyer for the NAACP] said. “This mix of mismatched names is a common problem for Latinos. We don’t know how many people are impacted by this problem, but obviously this is a problem.”

Joyner said he and other attorneys plan to look deeper into the Bowser case. He said he has represented ID applicants over the past few years who were never offered the option of an affidavit.

“It would appear – and we’re looking into it – that this was a resolution that was tailor-made for this one participant,” Joyner said. “It certainly smells like it’s something that’s not available to all.” 


Let’s be real – there’s a lot at stake EVERY year. That’s why we #RockTheVote

When we #RockTheVote, we embrace the challenge to define tomorrow.

We are powerful. We are aware. We are on it.

To #RockTheVote means ensuring our voices are heard. It means knowing what’s on the ballot, keeping tabs on current events, and registering to vote at our current address. It means volunteering to encourage our families, friends and communities to #RocktheVote. And on Election Day, we #RocktheVote!

It’s too important to stay on the sidelines. With the ballot, the franchise, as our strongest tool, we can create the future we want for our families, our communities and ourselves.

All the Latest

Voting Is the Party

We're inviting you to the biggest party in America: VOTING
Get on the list by registering now.

restore the vra


Rock the Vote

Pro-voting activist and Rock the Vote alum John Legend continues the fight for voting rights.

I love my dog

I Love My Dog

Rock the Vote

Kendall Jenner voted for the first time in 2014, and she's here to Rock the Vote again in this year's election.

Turn Out For What

Rock the Vote

Lil Jon, Lena Dunham, Fred Armisen and more Rock the Vote with "Turn Out for What"


#TBT Throwback

Rock the Vote

Hip-hop legend Run-D.M.C.'s Darryl McDaniels performs at Rock the Vote's 25th Anniversary #TBT Throwback Concert.