Every year, there are many barriers to voting, including the requirement for a notary, forms of identification, and so on, which suppress citizens’ rights. One barrier that is infrequently discussed is that which is specific to survivors of violence. For folks who must shield themselves from perpetrators, voting can threaten their safety as their records can be made publicly accessible. The state-by-state Address Confidentiality Program offers a legal substitute address for ACP participants to use as their residential, work, or school address, and is thus part of an overall safety plan for voting.
Learn more about F.Y. Eye’s voter engagement initiative here.
Founded in 1989, Sakhi for South Asian Women is a New York City community-based gender justice organization that works with survivors of domestic, sexual, and gender- based violence. Sakhi exists to represent the South Asian diaspora in a survivor-led movement for gender-justice and to honor the collective and inherent power of all survivors of violence. Sakhi is committed to serving survivors through a combination of efforts including—but not limited to—direct services, advocacy and organizing, technical assistance, and community outreach. Sakhi has served 10,000 survivors over the past 30 years and is a recognized leader in the field, locally and nationally.