In a Washington Post op-ed earlier this year, People For co-founder and World War II vet Norman Lear wrote:
The right to vote is foundational…. It is at the heart of everything I have fought for in war and in peacetime.
The right of the People to choose our leaders and hold them accountable through elections when they don’t serve the People’s interests … to cast a vote and have that vote count … and the peaceful transfer of power based on the results of free and fair elections. American democracy has never been perfect but over our nation’s history it has been improved and expanded to be more inclusive.
The preservation and perseverance of American democracy is something generations of veterans have fought for, and our commitment to the freedom to vote and a peaceful transfer of power honors them.
Please take a few moments to join the fight here at home to preserve democracy and protect the right to vote.
And please take a few minutes to read (or re-read) Norman’s op-ed about the right to vote; it’s well worth it.
Thank you for all that you do.
– Ben Jealous, President