Protecting and Expanding the Right to Vote

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.

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people who are denied the vote because of incarceration are Black


Percentage of New Jerseyans who are Black

Action Spotlights

See Our Newly Filed Legal Brief to Ban the County Line on NJ Ballots


Newark lowered the voting age to 16 for school board elections!

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Support legislation to allow formerly incarcerated people to serve on juries in New Jersey.

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Watch: Why NJ Needs a VRA!

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. Watch Now

Support legislation to bring same-day voter registration to New Jersey.

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Support a strong version of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New Jersey.

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Sign-On Letters

At the Institute, we work day in and out to Make the Two New Jerseys One. We fight to create a state where everyone can thrive, including our Black and other residents of color.

Our record of success tells our story, but we can’t do this work without YOU.