Transform Electoral Systems

MED Advances State-Level Voting Rights Protections

State-level voting rights protections can simultaneously protect a community’s voting rights and enhance community representation on legislative bodies at the local level.

For example, in 2019 a coalition of organizations and advocates from Oregon and around the country successfully lobbied the Oregon legislature to pass the Oregon Voting Rights Act. This act protects voting rights and allows communities to more easily reform their electoral systems in a way that would increase their representation on legislative bodies ranging from school board to county commissions.

MED’s role as a partner in advancing VRA’s

Legislative advocacy for voting rights can be financially and technically difficult for community organizations. MED brings funders, community partners, and technical experts together to create a winning strategy to transform electoral systems, protect voting rights, and enhance representation. MED’s financial and technical assistance allows our community partners to focus on organizing and creating electoral reforms that work for them.

MED provides:

  • Financial resources
  • Policy analysis
  • Technical assistance
In 2019, a coalition of organizations and advocates from Oregon and around the country successfully lobbied the Oregon legislature to pass the Oregon Voting Rights Act. This Act protects voting rights and allows for greater representation.