American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Promotes Legislation that Restricts Voting Rights Print


alec video by center for media and democracy


The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization of large multi-national corporations and legislators, is behind legislation that restricts voting rights in states throughout the nation.  ALEC meets secretly to draft legislation which the legislators then present to their state legislatures.  View the Center for Media and Democracy's 2.5 minute video depicting how ALEC works.

For example, the members of ALEC are fully aware that many people will encounter problems in acquiring a government issued photo ID and that laws and constitutional amendments requiring a photo ID will reduce the number of people who are likely to vote against ALEC's preferred candidates.  Likewise ALEC's promotion of provisional ballots for people who register at their polling place results in many of the votes never being cast because the process of verifying voters' eligibility takes too long.  For more on ALEC's influence on elections, see John Nichols' article in the Nation, "ALEC Exposed: Rigging Elections."

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was founded by Heritage Foundation co-founder Paul Weyrich, who once
said, “I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now.  In fact, our leverage in the elections, quite candidly, goes up as the voting populace goes down.”  ALEC is funded by the Koch Brothers who want to substantially reduce the number of voters who do not agree with their corporate agenda for America.  Up to 21 million Americans could be prevented from voting by the laws and amendments based on ALEC templates that restrict voting rights.