Election Protection, a project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, was JusticeAid’s grantee partner in 2020 during a year when JusticeAid’s focus was on voting rights and fighting racist voter suppression.
JusticeAid’s grant of $300,000 to Election Protection provided significant funding during an election cycle fraught with controversy and divide.
Why Voting Rights? Until we are able to restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act, states will be able to pass voter suppression laws and measures that manipulate election outcomes and discourage specific groups—particularly people of color, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities—from exercising their fundamental right to cast a ballot. These laws include overly strict voter ID laws, restrictions on mail-in-ballots, voter roll purges, and other barriers to voting.
The result will be a severely compromised democracy that doesn’t reflect the will of the people
For this reason, JusticeAid selected Voter Suppression and Voter Engagement as its 2020 theme and partnered with Election Protection in reaching its single-most mission: to ensure that every voter’s voice is heard regardless of political affiliation.