The right to vote matters

July 22, 2021 | by Susan Henry-Crowe

The right to vote matters

We stand in a most critical moment in United States history. Democracy is threatened by the many attempts, at every level of government, to suppress the vote.

People of faith see fair representation, voting rights, and accountability for elected leaders as moral issues of utmost importance. Common sense reforms that modernize voter registration for all, provide for transparency in financing campaigns, and uphold ethics provisions will help us restore faith in election integrity.

Our United Methodist positions say that a fair and inclusive democracy is about dignity for all. I ask that you support the passage of legislation that upholds and makes available free and transparent access for citizens to exercise their right to vote, works for real campaign finance reform, and restores integrity and standards for the work of public officials across all levels of government in the U.S.

What is Happening

Across the United States voting rights are threatened, with attempts being made uppress the vote. On May 14, 2021 the Brennan Center for Justice reported that

389 bills with restrictive provisions in 48 states. Twenty-two bills with restrictive provisions have already been enacted. In addition, at least 61 bills with restrictive provisions in 18 states are moving through legislatures: 31 have passed at least one chamber, while another 30 have had some sort of committee action (e.g., a hearing, an amendment, or a committee vote).

These bills, either enacted or pending, jeopardize voting rights. The time is now to support the For the People Act. Churches, individual members, Sunday School classes and United Methodist leaders are calling for us to stand together to urge Congress to pass the For the People Act. United Methodists must stand together.

We Call on Congress

We call on Congress to stand with the people by passing the For the People Act in order to protect voting rights and to protect democracy.

Take Action Now

Call your representatives and tell them to support the For the People Act.


Susan Henry-Crowe serves as the General Secretary for the General Board of Church and Society, UMC.