In the nationwide midterm elections Nov. 6, voters headed to the polls in record numbers to vote their conscience in making their choices among candidates running for public office and — in many states — to have their say on important ballot measures.
The RCRC Vote campaign helped inform voters and their communities about useful voting resources and encouraged them to exercise this important right and responsibility.
You’ll find an overview of the election results, including three state ballot initiatives on abortion, at the state and federal levels here.
The day after the election, RCRC issued a statement in which we applauded the level of voter turnout and the number of women elected to office but cited voter suppression as a deep, ongoing concern. Suppressing the vote directly conflicts with our religiously-inspired values about the equal value and rights of every person.
In too many states and precincts, voters faced obstacles to voting—broken voting machines, overly long lines, a shortage of ballots, and other impediments. In other states, policies aimed at suppressing the vote such as onerous Voter ID requirements, polling place closures or changes, voter roll purges, and misinformation about voting took a toll on voter participation.
RCRC supports every eligible voter’s right to vote and have their vote counted.