The fight is not over | Brennan Center for Justice

Last night, the Senate voted against changing its rules to allow the Free Suffrage Act: John Lewis to take a simple majority vote. Had the rule change passed, this critical voting rights legislation would have prevailed. President Biden would have signed it immediately.

The refusal to move forward with this essential piece of legislation was a mistake. The threats to our democracy are real and growing. These current threats date back to a time when our electoral systems denied Blacks, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans the right to fully participate in our democracy. Senators should have done their duty, circumvented Senate rules and passed the John Lewis Freedom to Vote Act to ensure free, fair and secure elections and to end vote suppression and election sabotage.

But the fight is not over. We must continue to demand federal legislation to protect the right to vote. And we must also fight for our democracy in other ways. This setback reminds us that we must remain vigilant to maintain our rights and that we all have a role to play in preserving our democracy. Here are some ways you can help protect voting rights and the fairness of our elections in the days, months and years ahead.

Suffrage Advocate

  • Continue to demand passage of the Free Suffrage Act: John Lewis
    • Call or write your senator
    • Call or write President Joe Biden
    • Participate in a rally, march or other public action
  • Advocate at the state and local level against voter suppression, election sabotage, and redistricting abuses as well as for more resources to run elections
    • Call or write your state governor and state officials
    • Attend public redistribution hearings and provide feedback (Some tips for effective feedback are here)
    • Attend local election committee meetings and provide feedback
    • Use your social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) to make your voice heard and write editorials or letters to the editor of your local newspaper

Participate in the administration of elections

  • Volunteer to serve as a poll worker
  • Apply or run to serve as an election administrator or election worker
  • Support election officials and other local officials who are doing their job honestly and who are under attack
  • Volunteer to serve as an election observer – at the polls, during vote counting and during post-election audits

Mobilize the vote

  • Vote – in every local, state and federal election in your community
  • Help register voters in your community, school, church or workplace
  • Help mobilize voters to participate in elections
  • If you are an educator, parent, or part of a school community, implement a civic education program or school day to educate students about the electoral process
  • If you’re an employer, give employees paid time off to vote and to serve as poll workers, and make sure customers know about the election. (More on what companies can do to protect elections here)

Participate in political and thematic campaigns

  • Run for the office
  • Volunteer to work on political and thematic campaigns
  • Attend local city council or state legislative meetings
  • Write to your state and federal officials about the issues that matter to you

Protect the vote

  • Volunteer for a non-partisan voter protection operation, helping voters navigate the electoral process and resolve issues
  • Volunteer to provide physical or linguistic assistance to voters who require assistance
  • If you see something suspicious, say something: stand up for voters whose rights are under attack by the competent authorities

Get involved in your community

  • Volunteer to help those in need, including soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, churches, and more.
  • Donate to organizations and programs that help those in need
  • Help start such programs in your community

Welcoming new citizens and community members

  • Participate in a new citizenship ceremony
  • Volunteer to register new citizens to vote

support the truth

  • Fight misinformation — and don’t spread it. (Some tips on how to spot and respond to election misinformation are here)
  • Subscribe to the local newspaper in your community

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