The Kennedy Institute is grateful to the following individuals who have lent their support to the Just Vote initiative.

Andy Card 
Chairman, National Endowment for Democracy; former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush; Board Member, Kennedy Institute 
“Young people have nothing less than power to change history by voting.”

Mo Cowan
President, Global Affairs and Policy, General Electric Corporation; former U.S. Senator; Board Member, Kennedy Institute

“What better way to express oneself than voting? What better way to influence the world around us than through the ballot box? What better way to respect those who came before – and fought for – us than exercising the hard won right to vote?”

Tom Daschle
Founder and CEO of the Daschle Group; former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader; Board Member, Kennedy Institute

“With our vote we give meaning to the sacrifices and deaths of countless American women and men over the past centuries who dedicated their lives to this democracy. But voting is also about the future and the quality of the democracy we leave for future generations.”

Chris Dodd
Senior Counsel, Arnold and Porter; former U.S. Senator; Board Member, Kennedy Institute
“Voting gives us the power to change what we don’t like and replace it with what we dream about. It is the bedrock of democracy.”

Bill Frist
M.D.; former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader

“Voting should be second nature to every American. It is the most effective way for each and every voice to be heard in our democracy.”

Patrick J. Kennedy
Son of former Senator Edward M. Kennedy; founder, the Kennedy Forum; former U.S. Congressman; Board Member, Kennedy Institute
“One of the most important lessons I learned from my father early on is that progress doesn’t just happen. You have to play an active role in the change you want to see—not just for yourself, but for your family, for your community, and for your country.”

Victoria Reggie Kennedy
Attorney, Greenberg Traurig; widow of former U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy; President, Board of Directors, Kennedy Institute
“Ted Kennedy worked throughout his career to expand access to the ballot box.  He fought to tear down racially discriminatory barriers to voting and championed lowering of the voting age. He understood that casting a vote is the most powerful tool a citizen has to make a difference and effect change.”

John Kerry
Former U.S. Senator; former Secretary of State
“Voting is inseparable from citizenship. It’s both a privilege and a right which goes hand in hand with the foremost principal that our nation was founded on: democracy.  When people vote, anything is possible. Stay vigilant this election season and make sure your voice is heard – democracy depends on it.”

Martin Luther King III
Global Human Rights Activist and Co-Founder of Drum Major Institute 
“Voting is the voice we must exercise to improve the world around us.”

Cindy McCain
Widow of former U.S. Senator John McCain

“When we vote, we honor those who gave their lives to this precious gift of democracy.”