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Women to Know 2020, Nse Ufot

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Nse Ufot

Executive Director New Georgia Project

Nse Ufot describes herself as a professional troublemaker. Her work over the course of her career as a labor lawyer, and with the New Georgia project is proof that John Lewis and all disciples of good trouble would be proud. As executive director of New Georgia Project, Ufot leads the charge in registering eligible citizens of color to vote. Georgia has a long history of voter suppression and many of the disenfranchised voters are BIPOC.

Georgia’s population is becoming increasingly more diverse, having seen an 18% increase over the last 10 years. Many of the people in that group are considered part of “the new American majority,” which means people of color who are 18-29 years of age, and unmarried women. Those groups make up about 62% of the voting population in Georgia, but only 53% of them are registered. The New Georgia Project is putting in the work to make sure this powerful demographic gets their voices heard. Since 2014, the nonpartisan organization has gotten over 300,000 people to register to vote. Ufot, who is a strong advocate for voters rights, is not working alone. She is in good company with Stacy Abrams, and Lauren Groh-Wargo, who are also co-founders of the New Georgia Project, and at the forefront of making Georgia elections fair for everyone, from the Peach State to the world.

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