It is critically important for our state to recognize the role and rights of communities of color in our democracy. The struggle for rights at the polling booth is part of a deeper public debate about who is included and who is excluded in our society.
When the voter ID amendment to the Minnesota Constitution was on the ballot in 2012, we convened partners from multiple communities to develop a strategy to address voter ID as a racial justice issue. The Voices for Voting Rights campaign developed educational materials, a training program, and powerful video narratives that spoke from multiple communities.
Voices for Voting Rights continues as a partnership focused on expanding participation in democracy, on Election Day and beyond, by building community power, voice, and access to democracy. We proactively and powerfully engage communities of color in democracy reform and civic participation by integrating racial equity goals into the broader movement to protect our democracy.