Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote
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Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. That’s why, for decades, NCJW advocates have fought for the expansion of voting rights, advocating for women’s suffrage, the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Help America Vote Act of 1992, and more.
Today, NCJW’s work to promote civic engagement takes the form of Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote. This exciting initiative mobilizes NCJW sections, members, and supporters to work, in accordance with the rules governing 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, to ensure that all eligible voters are able to vote and that every vote is counted.
New Resource! Voting Rights Under Attack: An NCJW Toolkit to Protect the Vote is available to help you protect the vote in your community. In the toolkit, you will find:
- Background on the voting rights framework and its history;
- Talking points and discussion guides;
- Action ideas to raise awareness in your community; and
- Social media guides to get connected online.
2016 marks the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Download the new toolkit to take action and protect the vote!
And, The 2015 Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote Resource Guide is available for download!
NCJW members and supporters can support civic engagement and voting rights in their communities using the updated Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote resource guide. Whether you want to know more about registering new voters or your section is supporting a state ballot initiative this November, you can find information and resources in this helpful guide, including:
- Program ideas for organizing voter turnout;
- 501(c)(3) permissible activities.
- Information on voter rights and voter registration guidelines
- Sample Questions for Candidate Forums, and more!
Voting Rights Today
In recent years, many states have made repeated attempts to curb voting rights with laws that make requirements for voting unnecessarily burdensome. Although Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 in 2006 with tremendous bipartisan support, the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder gutted a key provision of the law. Before the Shelby County decision, certain states and jurisdictions had to report any voting law changes to the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to implementation. Despite the VRA’s record of success in preventing discriminatory voting practices, the Supreme Court ruled that the law used an inappropriate method or formula to determine which states required federal oversight. As a result, this decision opened the door for a wave of restrictions in state and local governments that will deny millions of Americans access to the polls.
NCJW continues to oppose any effort to erode voting rights and advocates for a legislative fix to repair the damage done to the Voting Rights Act by the Shelby County decision.
NCJW supports the bipartisan Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (VRAA, S 1659/HR 2867), introduced on June 24, 2015 in response to the Shelby County decision, by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) in the House and by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in the Senate. This legislation offers a modern, flexible, and forward-looking set of protections that would provide new tools to combat voting discrimination before it occurs.
To learn more about the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) and access resources including legislative talking points and tips on how to speak out for voting rights in your community, log on to my.ncjw.org/vote!