Democracy & Justice

Protecting and Promoting the Right to Vote


We are working to make the promise of democracy real for people of color across New Jersey by working to expand access to the polls and restoring the right to vote to people with criminal convictions.

Read about 1844 No More, our campaign to restore the vote to those with criminal convictions

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we must keep our upcoming elections robust, safe and accessible to all. Read our assessment of the 2020 Primary Elections, and our recommendations for future elections.

To protect NJ’s elections, we have intervened in the Trump campaign’s lawsuit against New Jersey. Protecting voters, the court ruled in favor of key parts of NJ's election plans.

Read letter here from 33 state & national groups asking NJ legislators to keep police away from voting locations.

Read our lawsuit saying New Jersey must provide notice and opportunity to cure rejected mail-in ballots.

Interested in hosting local candidates to meet with community members? Use our Virtual Candidate Forum Toolkit to learn how to do this safely online during this public health crisis.

Read our letter to New Jersey counties demanding that mail-in ballot boxes be moved from police stations here.

Learn why your vote for elected officials is your vote on policing.

Facebook Live Video: Listen to Democracy and Justice Director Henal Patel and Communications Director Laurie Beacham Talk Democracy in the Age of COVID-19.

Read the letter to Congress from the Institute and partners supporting the Voting Rights Advancement Act here.




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Get Involved


Contact the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice at to find out how you can get involved to help expand access to the voting booth for communities of color and restore the right to vote to those with criminal convictions.