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Morales Speaks at Voting Rights Rally

Rev. Peter Morales joins Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, and thousands of others including hundreds of Unitarian Universalists for a Mass Moral March for Voting Rights in Winston-Salem, NC, July 2015 

Voting Rights and Election Reform

One of the fundamental principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the use of the democratic process. As an expression of our faith, many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations engage in voter registration and protecting voting rights, not for partisan reasons, but to empower all eligible people to contribute their voices to the democratic process.  

Defending the freedom to vote has been central to the work of the UUA and at the core of Unitarian Universalism for decades—from expanding enfranchisement for women and African Americans to advocating for a path to citizenship for immigrants; from our proud history of civil rights engagement to taking on the New Jim Crow today. As a faith community UUs are vocal and active about voting rights and have made real change happen throughout history.

Take Action on Voter Suppression

On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.

This was a huge blow to democracy. People of color, students, people with disabilities, low-income people, immigrants, people with felony convictions, transgender people, people who are homeless, and many others face significant obstacles today in registering to vote and casting ballots.

Over the last few years in 18 states across the country, efforts to suppress the vote have been enacted from passing restrictive voter ID laws and requirements of proof of citizenship, to abolishment of same day voting and early voting, adoption of stringent rules and heavy penalties regarding voter registration drives, and the disfranchisement of formerly incarcerated people. Now is the time to mobilize to defend the freedom to vote.

Read about the partnership for voting rights between Charlotte NC UU congregations, All Souls UU Washington, DC and the NAACP: “We affirm and promote the use of the democratic process”.

Voting Rights Organizing Webinars for UUs

  • Forward Together! Voting Rights WebinarOn July 13, 2015 Over 500 UUs joined thousands of people in Winston-Salem, NC calling for a restoration of voting rights. View this July 22 webinar to hear about lessons learned and next steps for voting rights efforts and organizing throughout the country. 
  • Across the country, UUs are mobilizing to defend democracy by stopping voter suppression, advocating for voting rights, and engaging in voter registration and Get Out the Vote efforts. On Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, Susan Leslie, UUA Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director, Jennifer Toth, Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Manager, and Annette Marquis, UUA LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director, discussed the state of the movement, how we can each plug in and connect our efforts, and what’s on the horizon as we enter mid-term election season. Watch the video of the webinar and download a PDF (29 pages) of the full slideshow presentation.

Find a Partner

UU congregations and organizations are working with partners to protect the vote, register people to vote, and get out the vote!

Get Connected

Get Funding

The UU Funding Program has grants of up to $500 available for UU congregations participating in voter projects.

Theological Grounding and History

Resources

We know that too often people are excluded from this sacred process due to economic and racial bias. Ironically, the right to legislative representation is denied to the residents of the U.S. capitol, Washington, DC. The UUA works to make sure that those who are eligible to vote can do so, and to extend the right to vote to the citizens of the nation's capitol.

We invite you to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our commitment to voting rights as an issue of economic and racial justice.

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