THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT IN Washington, D.C.

MAKE AN IMPACT FOR DEMOCRACY

Democracy starts with each of us—and together, we can make a major impact when we speak up for what’s right. We know the ultimate power in a democracy is the people. We are powerful, fearless, ordinary Americans working together to build a democracy that works for us all.

Take action! Join in the democracy work of the organizations below:

LEARN ABOUT NEW VOTING AND ELECTION BILS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. 

An online database created by the Brennan Center has all the most recent information on restrictive and expansive voting bills that are being proposed or have passed in your state. Make sure to stay up-to-date!

VISIT A ‘ONE-STOP-SHOP’ FOR ELECTION INFO: VOTE411.org for Washington, D.C. 

VOTE411 is a “one-stop-shop” for election information created by League of Women Voters. Get your Personalized Voting Information to find your polling place, see what’s on your ballot, check your voter registration, learn ID requirements, and much more!

VOLUNTEER AT THE POLLS IN Washington, D.C.

An online portal developed by the Fair Elections Center to share state by state information on poll worker requirements and applications for each state.

LEARN WHERE THE POLITICAL MONEY COMES FROM IN Washington, D.C.

A searchable database by Open Secrets with profiles showing you who’s making the big political contributions in your state, as well as where the money’s coming from.

LEARN HOW DEMOCRACY REFORMS BECOME LAW IN Washington, D.C.

Twenty-six states, including Washington, D.C. allow citizen-led ballot initiatives and have a process for citizens to get measures on the ballot to be voted on to become law. This means that a group of citizens may place a measure on the ballot through gathering signatures, and, in some states, getting legislative approval once the set number of signatures is reached.  LEARN MORE! 

Washington, D.C. DEMOCRACY REFORM AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL IS POSSIBLE TOO!

Learn more about H.R.1, the For the People Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2019.

Urgent Action

THE SENATE MUST ENACT DEMOCRACY REFORM!

Protect our freedom to vote! Urge your Senators to pass the For the People Act (S.1) a once-in-a-generation package of proven democracy reforms. Log your call and add your name to demand that the Senate support our democracy — and pass the For the People Act.

 

 

TELL YOUR SENATORS THE FILIBUSTER MUST END!

Urge your Senators to ensure the filibuster does not stand in the way of passing urgent legislation that strengthens our democracy. We urgently need our government to pass legislation that rises to meet the challenges of this moment.

 

Success Stories

NEARLY 70 ORGANIZATIONS IMPLORE CONGRESS TO “LEAVE THE DC FY’20 APPROPRIATIONS BILL ALONE”

Vote along with 64 national, regional, and local groups, collectively representing millions of Americans, delivered a letter to the United States Congress urging the Appropriations Committees to maintain the District of Columbia FY 2020 Appropriations Bill as introduced.

STATEHOOD BILL SETS NEW RECORD FOR CO-SPONSORS

Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton announced that the Washington, DC Admission Act is now co-sponsored by 134 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the most ever to sign on to Statehood Legislation.

Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Lower D.C. Voting Age to 16

A short article detailing the success of Vote16DC in passing their bill through a judiciary committee. The bill would enfranchise the approximately 10,600 16- and 17-year-olds in presidential elections—the first jurisdiction in the country to do so.