Join the fight to protect our freedom to vote

Equal access to the ballot box is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. Every American should be able to participate in fair and safe elections.  But today, fundamental parts of our democracy are under assault by forces that seek to silence the voices of millions of Americans. After record breaking voter turnout in 2020, Republican lawmakers in at least 47 states are pushing voting suppression bills that put up barriers to voting that will disproportionately impact Black, Brown, and young voters. For democracy to work for all Americans, it must include all of us. 

Since its founding, When We All Vote has fought to expand access to voting and increase participation in every election — particularly in communities that face the greatest barriers to make their voices heard.

That’s why When We All Vote is calling for Congress to protect and expand access to voting for ALL Americans. But we need your help. It’s time to enact modern and national standards for voting to protect voters rights and end voter suppression. If we organize, mobilize and work together, we can make sure that every voice is heard and our elections reflect the will of ALL the people.

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When We All Vote’s work is guided by the following voting principles:

1. Ensure every American can easily register to vote through expanding online and automatic voter registration.

The United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates among developed nations, with nearly one in four eligible voters not registered. As of February 16, 2021, 19 states and the District of Columbia have already approved automatic voter registration. If implemented nationwide, automatic voter registration could add as many as 50 million new eligible voters to the rolls – the largest group of new voters since the 19th Amendment was ratified over one hundred years ago.

2. Expand access voting through early, no-excuse in-person voting and vote by mail.

We believe Americans should have more options to vote and time off in order to vote so they don’t have to choose between a paycheck and casting their ballot. In 2020, 46 states and the District of Columbia offered at least some opportunity for voters to cast their ballot early in person ahead of the designated Election Day, but the absence of a national standard means that some states have few or inconsistent early voting hours which can directly impact hourly workers, parents without childcare, and the disability community.

3. Make elections transparent and fair. 

This includes making representation in government more fair by ending partisan and racist gerrymandering and also putting an end to loopholes that allow big-money contributors and special interests from hiding the true funding source of their political spending.

4. Americans should be able to cast their ballots freely and equally.

With hundreds of bills across the country that are making it harder for millions of Americans to vote, we will do whatever it takes to fight modern-day Jim Crow laws that make it harder for Black, Brown, and young people to vote. This also includes boosting safeguards against unlawful interference with voter registration and casting a ballot.

5. Give all Americans full representation in Congress.

The millions of Americans in D.C. and the territories — citizens who pay taxes, serve in the military, and contribute to our economy — must be given full representation in Congress.

6. Restore voting rights for returning citizens

Voting rights must be restored for millions of Americans barred from voting because of criminal convictions in their past and who deserve to be heard.

These voting principles are why  we are supporting, organizing and mobilizing around the following efforts in 2021 and beyond so that more Americans can make their voices heard.

  • Passing the For the People Act: The For the People Act will protect our freedom to vote by making sure that voting options in federal elections are equally accessible across all 50 states, make sure our voices are heard by preventing billionaires from buying our elections, and ensure we can elect leaders who govern in our interests by having congressional districts drawn to ensure fair representation for all.
  • Passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act: The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore and strengthen our freedom to vote by, among other things, requiring federal preclearance of any changes to voting laws and procedures in certain jurisdictions with the most egregious histories of racial discrimination in voting rights, and further requiring federal preclearance of certain changes that are particularly apt to result in discrimination, irrespective of the jurisdiction, so we all have an equal say in our future.
  • Recognizing Washington, D.C. statehood: For more than 200 years, the residents of Washington, DC have been subjected to systemic inequality and denied the full rights of citizenship that the residents of states enjoy, including voting representation in Congress. DC residents have contributed to this nation just like residents of all other states, but do not have full voting rights in their own place of residence. And with a majority Black and Brown population, the fight for D.C. Statehood cannot be separated from the fight for racial justice. Denying equal voting rights and full representation to a city that is predominantly Black and brown only exacerbates racial inequality in this country.

When We All Vote also supports state and national efforts that:

  • Implement Automatic Voter Registration: Register eligible Americans to vote automatically when they interact with a government agency like the DMV, unless they opt out.
  • Expand Voting by Mail: Enable voters to vote by mail in every state.
  • Implement Online Voter Registration: Allow eligible voters to quickly and easily register to vote online.
  • Restore Voting Rights: Restore voting rights to Americans living in our communities with criminal convictions in their past.
  • Allow Early Voting: Ensure that early voting is equally available in every state.

Here’s how you can help

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Call your senators now and tell them to support the For the People Act.

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