Unitarian Universalist Policy
Religious & Civil Liberties, Election Reform, Voting Rights

Voting Rights for Communities of Color
2007 Responsive Resolution (excerpted)

We urge Unitarian Universalists to seek insight into problems experienced by communities of color regarding voting. We make this resolution in response to the report by Rev. Sinkford at the second Plenary on our continued need to confront racism. Therefore,

Be it resolved that the delegates to the 2007 General Assembly are charged to work with their congregations on the following:

  • Where possible, to partner in at least one program on issues of race and voting (such as intimidation, felon disenfranchisement, and voter identification requirements) with an engaged non-partisan organization such as the Urban League, the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters, or a local community group,

Electronic Voting
2004 Action of Immediate Witness (excerpted)

WHEREAS the Unitarian Universalist Association's fifth Principle affirms the use of the democratic process in society at large;

WHEREAS democracy depends on fairly counted votes and public confidence that votes have been fairly counted;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the 2004 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association that Unitarian Universalists should work for state and federal laws that require electronic voting systems to produce a voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT).

Representation in Congress and Self-Government for the District of Columbia
1970 General Resolution (excerpted)

AFFIRMING: That the District remains un-represented in Congress itself, that the citizens of the District - virtually alone among the peoples under the American flag - are denied a voice in choosing the members of the legislative bodies who rule over them, in determining the national and local policies which affect their lives, and in deciding how the federal and local taxes they pay are levied and spent;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1970 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association urges the Congress of the United States to propose, and the States to ratify, an Amendment to the Constitution of the United State to provide for full voting representation in Congress for the citizens of the District of Columbia. The General Assembly further reaffirms its 1962 resolution urging the Congress to re-institute democratic self-government in the District of Columbia.

Federal Registrars for Voting
1965 General Resolution (excerpted)

AFFIRMING that the right to vote is elemental in our American society;

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