Gavin Newsom, the Governor of California, is facing a recall election on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Voting has already begun.

What is a recall election?

A recall is a way for the public to attempt to remove an elected public official from office before the end of their term. …


When most people think about the legislative branch of government, they think about the U.S. Congress. But all 50 states have their own.

50 States, 50 State Legislatures

All 50 states have their own mini version of federal executive, legislative, and judicial bodies. Instead of a president, states have governors…


On August 28th, Rock the Vote will celebrate the anniversary of the March on Washington

What was the March on Washington?

On August 28th, 1963, leaders of the civil rights movement organized the March on Washington to protest the ongoing inequalities experienced by Black Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr…


Purple and yellow map of the U.S. with the text Redistricting: An Explainer.

What are the Census, Reapportionment, and Redistricting?

The Census

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a constitutionally-mandated population count of the United States, which is known as the Census.

Reapportionment

Following this decennial population count, the results are used to reapportion and redistrict the nation’s political representation across…


What is the 26th Amendment?

Ratified 50 years ago, on July 1, 1971, the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution extended the right to vote to all Americans aged 18 and older by lowering the federal voting age from 21. Section 1 of the 26th Amendment reads as follows:

The…


Rock the Vote commends the jury in State v. Chauvin for shining light on the truth, which is that ex-police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in nine minutes and 39 seconds.

We mourn for those who knew George Floyd, especially for his daughter, Gianna Floyd whose father was taken…


Three months after the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, enhanced security and barricades serve as a physical reminder of the ongoing threats to our democratic institutions. …


Today, marks one year since Breonna Taylor was killed by a police officer in her own home. The murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, and a list of countless others too long to fathom — would be the spark that reignited what would become the largest…


In Selma, Alabama in 1965, civil rights activists were brutally beaten by police officers while they marched peacefully from Selma to Montgomery in protest against the racist voter suppression perpetuated by the state of Alabama and beyond. …


What is H.R. 1 / S. 1?

H.R. 1, the “For the People Act” proposes a sweeping set of reforms to election administration and security, voting access, redistricting, and campaign finance to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box and fight corruption. All of these reforms will ultimately improve the…

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