Saying "our democracy is under attack from within," Mr. Jealous helped rally public support against voter ID laws, some of which were struck down or limited before election day. Meanwhile, his organization registered more than 1 million new voters and brought more than 2.5 million to the polls, significantly more than the NAACP managed in the historic 2008 election, when the nation chose its first African-American president. Meanwhile, Mr. Jealous continued to fight against racial profiling and mass incarceration, and he helped bring public attention to the Trayvon Martin case. In November, he announced that the NAACP would make the repeal of Maryalnd’s death penalty a top priority in 2013.
His efforts earned him the 2012 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, awarded annually "to an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative, and socially responsible work of significance." Puffin Foundation President Perry Rosenstein called Mr. Jealous "a front-line fighter of justice and equality, and a visionary who sees the interconnected nature of all kinds of human rights struggles."