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Democracy, Voting, and Governance

SojoAction: Democracy, Voting, and Governance

Lauren W. Reliford
Political Director
Terrance M. McKinley
Director of Racial Justice Mobilizing

The United States has a long and shameful history of suppressing the right to vote. African-American voters, immigrant communities, the elderly, and young people all represent voters who are disproportionately disenfranchised. Sojourners is committed to demolishing barriers, equipping the faith community, and defending the vulnerable through our voter engagement and protection work so that every person is able to fully participate as citizens in this country.

Exercising the right to vote is an act of righteous resistance and liberation — one that affirms the image of God in each voter and prevents a return to the dark days of legalized racial segregation in this country. These times call for broad, effective, faith-inspired civic engagement that defends and heals the heart of our democracy. Through our We Are Watching effort, we are working to hold election officials accountable for free and fair elections and ensure that our nation honors its core values and lives up to its highest ideals.

Democracy, Voting, and Governance
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Our Work

The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 is a bill to protect every American's inherent right to vote by modernizing the bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965. Download this bill summary to learn about our position on this bill and understand what it would do.
The Freedom to Vote Act is a bill to improve ballot access for all Americans, advance commonsense election integrity reforms, and protect our democracy from emerging threats. Download this bill summary to learn about our position on this bill and understand what it would do. 
Lawyers and Collars brings together faith leaders, working in partnership with attorneys, and civic engagement organizations to involve communities of faith in voting rights education and protection. The initiative is dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable citizens and protecting the right to vote for all.
In 2020, clergy and people of faith stepped up to provide presence at the polls and protect the vote.
Democracy, Voting, and Governance
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