If it feels like they don't want you to vote,

YOU'RE RIGHT

Hear what these thought leaders are saying about voting.

Why vote?

"Nobody stops you from doing something they don't think is important"

— Erika Alexander

Politicians are all talking, but are any of them really listening?

"If you look at the history of this country, when good people get involved to create good change ... good things happen. But also, when good people say nothing, then the results are bad."

— Shermichael Singleton

 

What don't legislators understand about reparations?

"My pain is not for sale. A check's not going to do it."  — Gabourey Sidibe

Why won't they take our concerns about the police seriously?

"The George Floyd murder really broke something in me. That was just the last straw."

Roxane Gay

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Voter Suppression is Real

Voting is Americans' most precious constitutional right and the November 3, 2020, election is among the most consequential in U.S. history. This is especially true for people of color, whose voter participation is, once again, under direct attack. Don’t let your voice be silenced. 

"I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the right to vote."

— Rep. John R. Lewis

#VOTEBHEARD

Voter disenfranchisement isn't new

"Those who seek to suppress voting today are either ignorant of the history or, as I suspect is more often the case, malevolently choosing to ignore it."

-Dan Rather, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism 

Felony conviction has cost 1 in every 13 African Americans to lose their right to vote

Roughly 6.1 million Americans cannot vote because of felony conviction.

-The Sentencing Project 

Precinct closures

In 2018, "10 counties with large Black populations in Georgia closed polling places after a White elections consultant recommended they do so to save money."

-Governing

Voter roll purges

Between 2014 and 2016, states removed almost 16 million voters from the rolls ...

The increase was the highest in states with a history of voting discrimination.

-The Brennen Center 

Voter intimidation on the rise

"... Voter intimidation is most prevalent in communities of color and precincts with a large number of limited English proficiency voters." 

-Medium

Poll worker shortages  

Roughly 8 in 10 poll workers are age 40+.

Covid-19 is discouraging many of these citizens from working the 2020 election. Young people are needed to fill the void.

Fair Elections Center

“We have all been thrown down so low that nobody thought we'd ever get up again.

But we have been long enough trodden now. We will come up again …”

— Sojourner Truth

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