5 Ways to Protect Democracy

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The Alliance for Youth Action network has always fought for Democracy Done Right, but we are experiencing long lines at polling locations, a national shortage of poll workers, and efforts to suppress the youth vote. Our democracy is under attack. 

The Alliance for Youth Action network organizes every day to protect our democracy. Now, in the middle of the election season, we need your help. 

From working the election to helping your community vote early, there is something everyone can do to ensure all voices are heard this fall.

Here are five ways you can help us protect democracy:


We need a democracy where voters are protected from discrimination and can make themselves heard at the ballot box. A democracy where electoral districts are drawn fairly so that every voter’s ballot is of equal value. A democracy that isn’t bought and paid for by the highest corporate bidder. And a democracy where ordinary Americans — more women, people of color, and working people — can run for office without relying on big corporate dollars. And we need these changes done day one. Sign our petition today to urge the next president and Congress to pass the For the People Act (HR1) as the first priority in their administration.

new citizens of color with the text "demand a democracy that works for all of us"

2 Protect the results

Protect the Results is a coalition of over 100 bipartisan grassroots organizations ready to protect the valid results of the 2020 election. We cannot ignore the threat that Trump poses to our democracy and a peaceful transition. We will stand together to ensure that if Trump loses the 2020 presidential election he will not throw our country into a constitutional crisis. We will honor the valid results of the 2020 election, ensure that every vote is counted, and show up to demand that the losing candidate put their ego aside and concede for the good of our country. Join a mobilization in your community to demand that all the votes are counted and for the peaceful transition of power.

3 sign up to Be a poll worker

This is a critical moment. Even before the pandemic, the US was experiencing a shortage of election workers. The pandemic has exacerbated this need. Power the Polls is solving this issue by recruiting poll workers who can staff in-person voting locations during early voting and on Election Day. Be a hero in your community and sign up to be a poll worker today.

4 Volunteer with election protection

Voters this year will face obstacles that have no place in a modern democracy — and these impediments to voting will hit communities of color the hardest. Help to protect voters’ rights from the unprecedented threats they will face this year when trying to cast their ballot. Volunteer with Election Protection to monitor polling places for voter suppression efforts or watch social media for disinformation. Volunteers can also reach out to voters to make sure they know their rights.

The polling place at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

5 Get out the vote by SUPPORTING one of the Alliance’s network organizations.

The Alliance is America’s premier youth organizing network because our work is driven 100% by local organizations. When the movement succeeds, it’s because of the local organizations putting in the work. Support one of these organizations in your state.