A non-profit organization grounded in the principle of respect for every vote and every voice. With the goal of 100 percent voter participation in the United States, Promote Our Vote advances local, state and national action to protect and promote voting rights.
Advancing city and campus resolutions for a right to vote in the Constitution and local commitments to voting is Promote Our Vote’s signature initiative. Calling for a right to vote in the constitution establishes our commitment to that right and a movement to encourage its use and protection.
Our government has a duty to provide fair access and encourage full and informed participation, and we call on individuals to exercise their right to vote in national, state and local elections and enshrine a right to vote in our political system.
• By 1856, all restrictions based on religion and property had been eliminated.
• In 1872, the first presidential election took place in which all states help a popular vote to allocate electoral votes.
• With the ratification of the 15th amendment in 1870, discrimination based on race was ended.
• In 1920, after many states took action, the Constitution expanded the franchise to women.
• Further reforms we instituted in the 20th century to stop discriminatory voting practices, allow residents of Washington, D.C. to vote for president, and lower the voting age to 18.
• The final step in this progress of history is an affirmative right to vote in the U.S. Constitution.