Election 2020

Election 2020

The right to vote is central to the success of our democracy. In 2020, voting takes on an added layer of complexity due to COVID-19 as we grapple with the decisions about when, where and how to vote. Should we stand in crowded lines and rooms to vote in-person? Should we vote early, and if so how early? Should we vote by mail where it is allowed? These questions can pose a special dilemma for members of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic due to longstanding and systemic racial inequities.

As our nation engages in a racial reckoning in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless other Black people before and after them, we need to find meaningful ways to make progress in dismantling systemic racism and inequality. Ensuring safe and accessible voting is a critical and effective prerequisite.

We also know that extremists in the U.S. are seeking to exploit this moment. We’ve seen their racist, antisemitic, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic and anti-government ideologies promoted, especially on social media, which enables their hate and conspiracy mongering.  We cannot let them derail the voting process or threaten our communities based on the election outcome.

The integrity of our election is vital to securing just and fair treatment for all. That is why working on voter education and engagement, countering extremism and reporting on how it may impact the election, and speaking out against campaign-related appeals to bigotry and hate are ADL priorities. It will take the concerted effort of many individuals, communities, organizations, and government officials at every level to ensure a safe and fair election this year. But together we can do it.
 

Report a Bias Incident:

Should you experience or witness an incident of prejudice or hate, please report it to ADL.

*For any incidents specifically related to exercising the right to vote, especially on Election Day, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

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At the Extremes

In the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election, ADL is releasing a series of news briefs regarding the role extremism plays in our current political environment.
 

 

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At the Extremes

Voting Rights Resources

Looking for more information to prepare for casting your ballot? Want to find ways to volunteer on election day? Find all that and more in these resources.

 

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Voting Rights Resources

ADL-NUL partnership and Voting Engagement

ADL launched a partnership with the National Urban League, kicking off with a pilot initiative, “Our Time, Our Vote” in Philadelphia to promote voter outreach and education.

 

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ADL-NUL partnership and Voting Engagement

Social Media Toolkit

Share voting resources as we look to secure a free and fair election.


 


 

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Election Security

Here are seven actions policymakers need to take now to advance election security.


 

 

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Election Security

Resources:

ADL released a new study finding a “deluge” of antisemitic tweets directed at Jewish members of Congress as the 2020 campaign heats up. Read the full report with recommendations for social media companies, lawmakers and candidates.

ADL has created resources for educators and families to talk about the election:

On September 8, 2020, ADL joined a lawsuit challenging a decision by the Texas attorney general to block Harris County from mailing ballot applications to all of its eligible voters.  Unfortunately, the Texas Supreme Court reversed lower court rulings in our favor.

On October 5, 2020, ADL’s Austin, Southwest and Texoma Regions, Common Cause Texas, and an individual Texas voter filed suit to block the governor of Texas from limiting drop-off sites for absentee ballots to a maximum of one per county during the state’s early voting period. Wins in the district court and court of appeals were unfortunately reversed by the Texas Supreme Court.

Preventing and Countering Election-Motivated Violence Without Causing Panic, published in Lawfare on October 29, 2020.

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