Fight for Our Vote

Check out our letter published in the New York Times on Sunday, January 9 calling on our elected officials to protect the right to vote.

One year ago, we witnessed an unprecedented assault on our Capitol and our democracy. From Georgia and Florida to Iowa and Texas, states passed laws designed to make it harder for Americans to vote. And in other state legislatures across the nation, lawmakers have attempted to do the same. 

This type of voter suppression is not new. Generations of Americans have persevered through poll taxes, literacy tests, and laws designed to strip away their power—and they’ve done it by organizing, by protesting, and most importantly, by overcoming the barriers in front of them in order to vote. And now, we’ve got to do the same. We’ve got to vote like the future of our democracy depends on it. And we must give Congress no choice but to act decisively to protect the right to vote and make the ballot box more accessible for everyone. 

As civic engagement, voting rights, and voter mobilization organizations representing millions of Americans, we are joining together to ensure that Congress acts on voting rights legislation — and ensure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted in the 2022 midterm elections and beyond. We’re asking you to join us. 

We stand united in our conviction to organize and turn out voters in the 2022 midterm elections, and make our democracy work for all of us. Collectively we will*:

  • Recruit and train at least 100,000 volunteers throughout 2022 to register and turn out voters in their communities.  
  • Register more than a million new voters across the country.
  • Organize at least 100,000 Americans to contact their Senators, calling on them to do everything they can to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. 
  • Recruit thousands of lawyers to protect voters in the states where the freedom to vote is threatened. 
  • Commit to educate voters on how to vote safely in their state.

As John Lewis said, “Democracy is not a state. It is an act.” And protecting it requires all of us. That’s why his generation organized, marched, and died to defend the very rights that are under attack today. And it’s why we’re calling on community leaders, organizations, businesses and all Americans to join our efforts in this critical moment for our history and the future of our country. 

Are you ready to act? We are. 

Michelle Obama

In solidarity with the following 31 voting organizations and voting rights groups

When We All Vote

Vote.org

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

State Voices

NextGen America

Deliver My Vote

ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Mi Familia Vota

RepresentUs

Voto Latino Foundation

Protect the Sacred

We The Action

Common Cause

Shape Up The Vote

National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

National Action Network

League of Women Voters

Faith in Public Life

National Women’s Law Center

National Urban League

Vote Forward

NAACP

Voter Participation Center

Black Girls Vote

Drag Out The Vote

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Rock the Vote

More Than A Vote

Fair Fight Action

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)

*Not every signatory organization engages in every modality of the work outlined above. 

Pledge to join us in the fight for our vote