Jewish Community Action works each election cycle to promote non-partisan voter participation, particularly in communities that have historically been disenfranchised. Voting is every citizen’s right, guaranteed and protected by the United States and Minnesota Constitutions, and is an integral part of our democratic system. So when we found out in early April 2012 that the Minnesota state legislature passed a bill proposing to amend the state’s constitution, and to make voting more difficult—even impossible—for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, we knew that JCA had to get involved.
Together, with our members and partner organizations, we campaigned against the harmful and unnecessary voter restriction amendment to protect our election system in Minnesota, which has one of the highest voter turnout rates in the country. We strategized with members and partners—new and old—to maximize our efforts, and to link this campaign to the coalition against the marriage amendment, which would have similarly cluttered our constitution with blatant discrimination. Together, we fought for the right to vote for our servicemen and women overseas, for our students studying out-of-state, for our neighbors with disabilities—for everyone. And, together, we won.
We are proud of our contribution to the campaign against the voter restriction amendment, and are in awe of our state for standing up for the right to vote in such a momentous way. As we look ahead to the future, we are energized to further improve democratic and civic participation and to engage even more voters in our community.