Support the Institute in expanding and protecting access to the ballot in New Jersey.
We are working to make the promise of democracy real for people of color across New Jersey by expanding access to the polls and restoring the right to vote to people with criminal convictions.
people who are denied the vote because of incarceration are Black
Percentage of New Jerseyans who are Black
Our vote is our power, but not all New Jersey voters have equal access to the ballot. Listen to Nuzhat Chowdhury of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Adam Lioz of Legal Defense Fund and Ruth Greenwood of Harvard Election Law Clinic as they discuss why New Jersey can’t wait for Congress to save federal voting rights.
Support a strong version of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New Jersey.
It is time to bring new, younger voters into the democratic fold, particularly in elections that directly impact them.vThis policy brief will outline why New Jersey should lower the voting age to 16 in local elections.
Following the lead of other states like California, Washington, Oregon, Virginia, New York and Connecticut, which have passed state-level voting rights acts that both codify and expand on the federal VRA’s protections to address the specific problems each state sees at home, it is time for New Jersey to have its own state voting rights act.
This policy brief will outline why New Jersey must act urgently to end this racialized practice by expanding jury service to people with criminal (indictable) convictions.
Twenty-two states allow voters to register and vote on the same day – up to and on Election Day. New Jersey is not one of them.
New Jersey’s deadline of three weeks before Election Day to register is arbitrary and unnecessarily disenfranchises people. It’s time to pass same-day voter registration.
Our collective advocacy brought 9 days of early voting to NJ. People all across NJ can now worship on Sunday and then vote.