Why do we need a RECLAIM OUR VOTE campaign?
Community of color voters are being placed on “Inactive” or “Unregistered” lists at a 16% higher rate than whites. The ability to vote of people in minority communities was already being systematically undermined over the last decade, by the imposition of strict new voter ID laws, by the reduction in polling places and early voting, and through many other tactics.
History of RECLAIM OUR VOTE
In June of 2018 the Center for Common Ground (in conjunction with the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, Carpool Vote and other organizations) launched and spearheaded the Reclaim Our Vote 2018 campaign: a six-month, volunteer-driven, nonpartisan effort to reach out to voters of color in states such as Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Texas and Mississippi—states with a long and ugly history of voter suppression. We helped increase African American voter turnout in the rural counties of Alabama by approximately 35%. Even before our official launch, in Virginia and Alabama in 2017, we were achieving clear results in the form of a significantly increased turnout by voters of color in the Virginia statewide elections and the Alabama special election between Senate candidates Doug Jones and Roy Moore.
How can we RECLAIM OUR VOTE in 2019?
For “Reclaim Our Vote 2019” we are seeking to expand our volunteer base and increase our impact in states where significant off-year and special elections are taking place (Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi), or where “Unregistered” voters-of-color numbers are particularly high (Texas, Colorado, Arizona). We will use several different techniques to reach these voters.
Please sign up to volunteer for Reclaim Our Vote today. Because we all need a voice—and every vote matters, now more than ever.