Voter registration at 1973 Black Expo in Chicago. Photo by John H. White
Voter registration at 1973 Black Expo in Chicago. Photo by John H. White

“Democracy is a process, not a static condition. It is becoming rather than being. It can easily be lost, but never is fully won. Its essence is eternal struggle.”

– William Henry Hastie

Is America possible without a free fully democratic process equally accessible to all citizens? Our three-pronged approach is geared to honor the past, celebrate the present, and challenge the future. It is aimed at changing the culture of voting from a chore to a joyful celebration.

Honor the Past.

Voting Vanguards brings to light the names of the hundreds who worked at great personal peril to obtain and maintain the right to vote and have their vote count. We celebrate voting as the centerpiece of creating and maintaining a healthy democracy.

View our posters, and a gallery of student artwork!

Celebrate the Present.

The city-to-city Votingest City Challenge will encourage cities to enter into a lighthearted competition to see who gets the highest percentage of eligible voters to vote and which city is the most improved. The first national contest was scheduled for November 2020 but has been postponed to the next election cycle due to the pandemic.

Click here to find out more and get involved!

Challenge the Future.

Early education and participation in schools can breathe life into the phrase “We the People” and strengthen the democratic foundation of our country. With the By a Show of Hands Student Voting Project, kids are registered to be student voters, create ballot initiatives, campaign, vote, and review the process in a fun, engaging year-long program.

“If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.”

– Coretta Scott King

“Voting is how we participate in a civic society – be it for president, be it for a municipal election. It’s the way we teach our children – in school elections – how to be citizens, and the importance of their voice.”

– Loretta Lynch

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