In response to deliberate and organized efforts to suppress the vote in states across the country, nearly 700 business, tech, health and nonprofit industry leaders, including Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander, have joined together to issue the below statement which appears as a full page ad in today’s New York Times:
Government of the people, by the people.
A beautifully American ideal, but a reality denied to many for much of this nation’s history.
As Americans, we know that in our democracy we should not expect to agree on everything.
However, regardless of our political affiliations the very foundation of our electoral process rests upon the ability of each of us to cast our ballots for the candidates of our choice.
Together, we all share a responsibility to defend the right to vote and to oppose any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot.
For American democracy to work for any of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us.
We call upon all Americans to join us in taking a nonpartisan stand for this most basic and fundamental right.