VoteEqualityUS is a nonpartisan grassroots effort promoting equal rights for all Americans.
We’re working to ensure addition of the fully-ratified 28th Amendment (Equal Rights) to the United States Constitution.
We evolved out of VAratifyERA, the successful campaign that ratified the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia in 2020, and are led by experienced advocates from the last three states to ratify (Virginia, Illinois, and Nevada).
Over 165 constitutions include gender equality and so should ours. Join us in making history and let’s vote equality!
“Plan A” to ensure the addition of the 28th Amendment to the Constitution is the pending litigation to compel the National Archivist to fulfill his official duties set forth in Section 106b of Title I of the United States Code.
Gender equality advocates are united in asserting that the National Archivist must certify and publish the 28th Amendment and add it to the Constitution now.
There is currently a lawsuit against the National Archivist to compel him to execute his magisterial duty and certify the 28th Amendment. For more information on this lawsuit please see the FAQ “Virginia v Ferriero.”For information on key issues in the suit, check the FAQs “Deadline” and “Rescissions”
As Plan A works its way through the judicial branch, gender equality advocates will not sit quietly, hoping history gets made.
VoteEqualityUS advocates have identified a “Plan B” for voter outreach and education. Because judicial decisions do not happen in a cultural vacuum, Plan B is a necessary compliment to Plan A. Here’s Plan B:
Raise awareness nationwide that the 28th Amendment is fully-ratified but not yet added to the Constitution via our website, outreach, and the VoteEqualityUS Tour.
Support and encourage grassroots advocates to write letters to the editor / OpEds and raise the issue in town halls and candidate forums.
Encourage grassroots advocates to “find a crowd” instead of spending time building a crowd. November 3rd will be here before we know it, so tap into local groups that already have a mechanism for distributing information.
Press for robust conversations in Congress.
Article V identifies Congress as the body that initiates Constitutional amendments, so any action taken by Congress to recognize the 28th Amendment should be looked on favorably by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. House of Representatives prioritized gender equality when it recognized the 28th Amendment on February 13, 2020 in passing HJRes79. The equality leadership in control of the U.S. House is expected to remain in place during the 117th Congress when, if necessary, it could again pass a resolution removing Congressional time limits and recognizing the 28th Amendment.
Although 49 of 100 U.S. Senators are sponsors of the gender equality resolution (SJRes6) in the U.S. Senate, the current U.S. Senate leadership has not yet prioritized gender equality initiatives. Majority Leader of the Senate is on the record as personally opposing the 28th Amendment. (source, Washington Examiner)
VoteEqualityUS will facilitate ongoing outreach to current Senators who have not yet publicly committed to supporting the 28th Amendment.
As with the recent Virginia ratification effort, VoteEqualityUS will prioritize voter outreach and education in order to force legislative debate and a vote on gender equality.
Following the successful strategy from the VAratifyERA campaign, VoteEqualityUS will work to make sure gender equality becomes a priority topic in Senate campaigns. There are 35 Senate seats up for election on November 3, 2020 and VoteEqualityUS will focus on voter outreach and education in eight key states:
North Carolina (unratified)
South Carolina (unratified)
The VoteEqualityUS Tour will visit these eight states from late September through election day. Because of the close proximity and travel required through a number of other states, six additional states are also included on the tour.