Taking It To The Polls! Organizations Gear Up To Get Out The Vote

November 3, 2014  |  

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The election countdown has begun and there is a lot of effort going on to get the Black vote out, even though turnout by Black women is expected to be down for the midterm elections this year.

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) isn’t letting low turnout predictions from stopping it from trying to get people to the polls. During the next 48 hours, the NCBCP’s #Vote4Justice Campaign is stepping up operations on the ground in Georgia, Michigan, Florida, and Ohio, according to a press release.

The NCBCP, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities, is hoping to mobilize voter through is youth initiative, Black Youth Vote!, and their women’s empowerment program. The organ will gather volunteers to host get-out-the-vote events, perform phone banking, canvass neighborhoods, provide rides to the polls, work as poll monitors and administer an exit poll survey to find out what drove them to vote including issues such as jobs, equal pay, reproductive justice, voting rights. The group has also teamed up with Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University.

Meanwhile, voter protection advocates in Missouri will help voters who have question about their voting rights or face difficulties at the polls on Election Day. Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization, organized this effort which is part of the nation’s largest Election Protection program.

“We’ll have attorneys available to assist voters immediately with questions or problems they may experience at the polls, which could include confusion over voting laws, long lines, names missing from the roster, misinformation, and any other issue that stands to block voters from the ballot box,” said Advancement Project Senior Attorney Denise Lieberman in a press statement.

“Regardless of the issue that may arise, we’re here to ensure all voters can participate in our nation’s democracy. Our goal is that every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot on Election Day,” she continued.

According to a press release, voter protection efforts include poll monitors in St. Louis and Kansas City who will distribute voting rights info and be there to answer questions from voters.

“In addition to concerns about confusion over voting rules, names missing from the rolls or poll workers improperly requesting photo ID, advocates are also particularly concerned about the potential for increased police presence at the polls in Ferguson, which would create an intimidating presence. Advocates will be watching to help ensure voter access to the polls is not impeded.”

The group is asking voters in those areas who have problems, to report the situation to a monitor or the Election Protection toll-free hotline (1.866-OUR-VOTE).

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