This year marks 57 years since the National Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and less than two months ago the Massachusetts legislature passed the VOTES Act. Although both acts have attempted to open pathways to allow more people to vote, we continue to see low voter turnout across the nation, states restricting access to the vote that disproportionately affects low-income communities and voters of color, and disillusionment with government. In Massachusetts too, we have seen a steady decline in voter turnout for local elections in the last few decades, including last year’s historic mayoral election in Boston, where only 29 percent of registered voters participated. This does not represent a vibrant democracy.
Embrace Boston, alongside the Boston Foundation, see voting as instrumental to building a healthy civic life. It is one of the most powerful mechanisms we have to hold leaders accountable for representing community needs, delivering on promises, and maintaining democracy with integrity.
Embrace Boston and The Boston Foundation are excited to announce our partnership with TurboVote (a project of Democracy Works), a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works across the country with businesses, higher education institutes, and nonprofits to modernize the voting process and increase voter accessibility. In partnering with TurboVote, we hope to empower individuals in Greater Boston and beyond to connect their vote to the issues that matter to them and provide them with tools to make the process easier. When individuals visit our TurboVote page they will be able to register to vote, check their voter registration and or sign up for election alerts.
We hope you will share and stay engaged, because when we all vote, we are a stronger, more equitable democracy.
Register To Vote Here