|Donation Matching Challenge to Boost ACLU Voting Rights Work in Massachusetts|
|09:58AM / Monday, October 19, 2020|
BOSTON — The ACLU of Massachusetts announced that Steve Kay and Lisbeth Tarlow have offered a matching challenge of up to $50,000 to fuel the ACLU's fight for democracy.
"November's election is not just critical for civil liberties; it may well determine the future of our democracy," Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts said. "The ACLU has been at the frontlines to protect and expand the right to vote for all eligible voters—and the funds we raise will help us keep up the fight. We hope that this significant gift will encourage other ACLU supporters to make an investment in civil liberties at this crucial time in our nation's history."
For 100 years, the ACLU has worked to promote access to the ballot and fight voter suppression. This unprecedented election season, the ACLU has filed over 30 legal actions in 20 states to ensure safe access to the ballot in November. Here in Massachusetts, the ACLU worked with voting rights organizations and lawmakers to pass legislation to enable widespread voting by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. In advance of the general election, the ACLU of Massachusetts is training hundreds of poll monitors to help protect in-person voting across the Commonwealth.
Recognizing this moment, Kay and Tarlow will match every donation up to $50,000. People who donate to the ACLU of Massachusetts through Nov. 3 will have their gift doubled.
"Now more than ever, the ACLU is an essential institution whose work protects the rights of everyone in this country," Kay said. "Giving to the ACLU of Massachusetts means helping people exercise and maintain their voting rights. Lis and I proud to play a role in helping the ACLU ensure everyone has access to the ballot this November and beyond."