NCJW Launches Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote 2012

November 8, 2011, Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today announced Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote 2012, which seeks to ensure that all eligible voters are able to vote and that every vote is counted. As a tax-exempt organization, NCJW will encourage civic engagement without supporting or opposing any candidates. NCJW President Linda Slucker and NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“Election Day 2012 is one year away. On that day, we will cast our votes for President and Congress, and they will, in turn, define our next Supreme Court, influence our economy, and impact every other issue of concern. The stakes have never been higher. Making sure that every eligible voter is able to vote and that every vote is counted has never been more important.

“Across the country, NCJW sections have worked for decades to promote the vote by registering voters, educating communities, and getting out the vote on Election Day. In recent years, election irregularities and policies that disenfranchise whole groups of voters have increased and become more insidious. NCJW has responded by becoming increasingly active in efforts to protect the vote and defend against these new attacks on our democracy.

Beginning today, and over the next year, we will expand on our election efforts with:

  • A comprehensive guide to help NCJW members and sections promote the vote through registration, education, and get-out-the-vote efforts;
  • Trainings and new resources focused on how to engage in ballot initiative campaigns to help fend off extreme measures and advance progressive issues on the ballot;
  • Tools for combating barriers to voting, such as onerous voter ID laws that disenfranchise many low-income, elderly, disabled, and student voters; and,
  • New resources on using new media and social networking to advance voter registration and protection efforts.

“NCJW has a long history of involvement in the expansion of voting rights for historically disenfranchised individuals, from the suffrage movement to ending poll taxes to changing the voting age from 21 to 18. In the coming year NCJW will work vigorously to continue that proud legacy through Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote 2012.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Contact: Emily Alfano
202 296 2588 × 5; emily@ncjwdc.org


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