NEW YORK, NY – Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, issued the following statement in response to the presidential election recount in Wisconsin, and efforts to hold recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

 

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change:

“Counting every vote is fundamental to our democracy. But it doesn't matter how many times we count and recount the ballots if we can't vote in the first place. From Florida to Wisconsin, states across this country have spent years disenfranchising Black people through voter suppression laws, undoing the rights that our communities fought, bled, and died for decades ago.

 

“To everyone who has donated to the recount efforts, to everyone who has put time and energy into them, I ask this: are you ready to stay in the voter freedom fight for the long haul? When the dust is settled and we have the final results of this election, will you be on the front lines, demanding that the freedom to vote be a fundamental American right? Will you work to make voter suppression laws as obsolete as the poll taxes and literacy tests they are descended from?

 

“As long as Black Americans, poor Americans, and other oppressed groups in this country are systematically disenfranchised, progressives can expect to lose key elections by razor-thin margins. If we want to stop recounting elections and start winning them, we need to take back the suffrage that the right wing has stolen from our communities. We can’t just count the votes, we need to free the vote.”