Fighting for the democracy we all deserve by securing the right to vote and dismantling barriers to the ballot box
Voting is the language of American democracy. The ability to participate in civic life — to have a voice in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact our lives, families, and communities — is at the core of what it means to be an American.
At our nation’s founding, voting was enshrined only for educated white men who owned property. It took more than a century for the franchise to meaningfully expand to people of color, women, people with disabilities, people who are low-income, and Native Americans. Today, some elected leaders are still working to silence people who were historically denied access to the ballot box.
At The Leadership Conference Education Fund, we are working with our partners and local communities across the nation to modernize elections and build a 21st century democracy — a democracy where all of our voices are heard.
All Voting Is Local
All Voting Is Local, housed within Access Democracy, an incubated project of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, fights to protect and expand the right to vote for every American. The campaign is grounded in the belief that how elections are run is a civil rights issue. Through a range of advocacy tools, the campaign helps communities, and particularly communities of color, identify and remedy barriers to the ballot box. In collaboration with civil and voting rights groups, we are building power among historically disenfranchised groups, redefining the narrative around voter access, and educating activist networks about monitoring and improving how elections are run. All Voting is Local launched in 2018 in five states: Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.