Common Wants You To Vote Smart Justice in 2018

The ACLU launched its Campaign for Smart Justice with a simple but daring goal: cut the incarceration rate in this country by 50 percent and reduce the racial disparities in our prisons and jails. But we can’t get there if elected officials stand in our way.

Politicians created mass incarceration, and they can end mass incarceration. Most politicians, however, need public pressure to do the right thing, which is why voters have an opportunity to send a real message come Nov. 6.

To arm voters with the information they need to make the right choice on Election Day, the ACLU launched Vote Smart Justice, a nonpartisan voter education drive to give Americans information about where candidates for state and federal office stand on key criminal justice reform issues, like bail reform, the war on drugs, and police accountability. At, users can access information on candidates’ voting history and public statements on criminal justice reform in more than 1,000 federal, state, and local elections. To find out where the candidates in your district stand, all you have to do is go to and enter your zip code.

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We’ve partnered with Oscar and Grammy-winning artist Common to launch a video that reminds voters of what’s at stake in 2018 and how we can build a fairer and smarter criminal justice system.

If we Vote Smart Justice in 2018 and beyond, we can build a system that prioritizes people instead of prisons.
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Dr. Timothy Leary

When it comes to voting, we all know that you-know-who is a loose cannon on the deck and needs to be jettisoned in the 2020 election.



Christine Worrell

This is the best & most compelling ad demonstrating with facts and raw image the importance of voting for change and improving justice.
I already contribute to ACLU.

Hannah Lehker

Hello! I live in Kalamazoo, MI, and I noticed two large errors in the descriptions of my local candidates on the Vote Smart Justice website. The site has Margaret O'Brien (Michigan Senate) listed as a Democrat, but she is actually a Republican. It also has Jon Hoadley (Michigan House) listed as a Republican, but he is actually a Democrat. I urge you to fix this as soon as possible, so that Michigan voters are provided with true and accurate information. Thanks so much for all the incredible work you do!

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