FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, audio was released of Republican strategist Cleta Mitchell at an RNC meeting of the party’s top donors about the need to combat and restrict voting access, specifically among young people. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement in response:
“Republicans are saying inside of their private meetings what we’ve known all along – they don’t want young people to be engaged or make their voice heard at the ballot box, because they know that those young voters have the power to make fundamental change. This strategy won’t stop at North Carolina or Virginia, but in many other states. As of January 2023, state legislators have introduced a record-breaking number of restrictive voting laws. State lawmakers in at least 32 states have filed or introduced 150 restrictive voting bills that would make it harder for eligible Americans to vote.”
“At EMILYs List we recognize the influence that young people have in our country to make real progressive change that saves lives – that’s why Republicans will stop at nothing to keep them from voting. Those young voters recognize the future: the voting bloc that will elect the people – and indeed, be the candidates – who will protect our rights.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.