What Is In the Freedom to Vote Act?
The Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747) is a bold and transformative legislative package that would create national standards to protect our freedom to vote, get big money out of politics, combat partisan election subversion, and guarantee that congressional districts are drawn to give fair representation for all.
The Freedom to Vote Act:
• Protects Our Freedom to Vote
• Ensures Fair Representation in Government
• Reduces the Influence of Big Money in Politics
• Combats Partisan Election Subversion
Together we can realize a democracy that represents, reflects, and responds to all of us.
Are relayers required to be vaccinated and wear masks?
Relayers should be 2 weeks past fully vaccinated to participate in this event. Relayers should plan to keep a 6 foot distance and to wear masks at the route stops or whenever in close contact with other participants.
Runners and bikers may not be able to comfortably wear masks while running and biking the route.
Where do I sign up for the relay? For the West Virginia caravan?
What kind of support can relayers expect?
We will have a support team in a “caravan” along the relay route. If you are on foot and need to be picked up due to fatigue, injury, hunger or just to get to the next relay stop where you left your vehicle, we should be able to pick you up and designated spots along the trail.
We are recruiting volunteers to be part of the relay caravan “crew” – good drivers, medics, and people who like to hand out snacks and water in a mask are needed! Please encourage friends and family to volunteer to help with this important role, and ask them to check the volunteer box on the Freedom to Vote Relay and Rally Sign up form.
Will my run/bike route be timed?
No. You are welcome to time your own route. This is an event to build support for passing federal voting and democracy legislation. It is not designed to provide a qualifying time for any race or contest.
Do I get a T-shirt?
We recommend ordering a Freedom to Vote Relay and Rally T-shirt as part of your registration. Most relays and races charge a fee and offer a free t-shirt. The Freedom to Vote Relay and Rally are free – and public expressions of support for the freedom to vote – but participants do need to pay for their t-shirt. T-shirts will be available for pick up for those who ordered them at the start of the relay each morning. We cannot promise to catch up with you if you’re doing a midday leg of the relay to get you your t-shirt.
I don’t have a team. Can I still be part of the relay?
Yes! We welcome everyone who supports the Freedom to Vote, John Lewis and DC Admissions Acts to join the relay as they are able. Many people will likely be participating as individuals doing the leg that makes the most sense for their schedule. Some people may choose to participate as a team in the relay, but any individual may participate in one or more legs of the relay route, or the entire route! We’ll have water and snacks at rest stops for individual participants.
Will there be meals provided for relayers?
We will provide snacks and water and suggestions for where relayers may want to stop for meals.
Will lodging be provided for relayers?
No. There are a number of campgrounds, AirBNBs and hotels near Harpers Ferry – especially on the Maryland side that may be convenient for the night of Wednesday, October 20th. We recommend booking lodging for Wednesday night early.
There are plenty of hotel and lodging options in the DC area for the remaining nights of the relay.
Who will be speaking at the rally?
Martin Luther King III and Arndrea Waters King will be among the speakers at the rally on Saturday. We will announce additional speakers closer to the event. If you are signed up we’ll make sure you hear about it!
How do I get to the rally?
In order to ensure as many people can come to the Freedom to Vote Relay & Rally as possible, people and organizations have arranged buses and carpools from the cities and towns below.
Don’t see a carpool option near you? Sign up to lead your own car pool, caravan or bus location here.
Towns with Carpools and Buses
Massachusetts: Cambridge, MA
Where do I sign up for the rally?
Sign up to attend the rally here.
ABOUT THIS EVENT
Alabama Black Women’s Roundtable
All Souls Church
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
Black by God
Black Voters Matter
Blue Wave Postcard Movement
Build Back Better USA
Carolina for All
Center for Common Ground
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Clean Elections Texas
Clean Water Action
Climate Hawks Vote
DC Sparkle Squad
DoTheMostGood MoCo MD
Drum Majors for Change
Everyone Votes Maryland
Face the Music Collective
Fair Elections for New York
For the People - Maryland
Franciscan Action Network
GA Coalition for the People's Agenda
Indivisible: Narberth and Beyond
League of Women Voters USA
League of Women Voters of Arlington, VA
League of Women Voters of Maryland
Let NY Vote
March On Harrisburg
Maryland WISE Women
Missouri Voter Protection Coalition
MLK Community Garden
Moving Us Forward, Inc.
National Action Network
National Children's Campaign
National Coalition Delegation
National Voter Corps
New American Leaders
Progressive Democrats of America
Secure Elections Network
Service Employees International
Silver Spring Progressive Action
Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood NY Office of Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation
Students Against Voter Suppression
Sunrise Movement WV
Union of Reform Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice
Vigil for Democracy
Voter Participation Center
When We All Vote
Women of Color Coalition
WV Citizen Action Group/WV Citizens for Clean Elections
ABOUT THE FREEDOM TO VOTE ACT
The Freedom to Vote Act is a transformational bill that will realize the promise of our democracy by getting big money out of politics, giving people of average means the ability to run for office, ensuring our freedom to vote, protecting our elections from attack and subversion, and guaranteeing that congressional districts are drawn to give fair representation for all. Learn more here.
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