“As a biracial woman raised in a family who experienced voter suppression first-hand, it has been my lifelong passion to level the playing field for voters of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, by breaking down barriers that stand between voters and the ballot box.”
NEW YORK (PRWEB) April 27, 2020
Vote.org is proud to announce its partnership with the NAACP Youth and College Division, Transformative Justice Coalition, Campaign Legal Center’s Restore Your Vote Campaign, and Indigenous communities, to identify and combat threats of voter suppression, including those related to COVID-19, in this year’s election. Specifically, Vote.org is working with the NAACP Youth and College Division to build programming and social content designed to reach newly eligible voters, and disseminate real-time voting updates through its SMS and online platforms.
“As a biracial woman raised in a family who experienced voter suppression first-hand, it has been my lifelong passion to level the playing field for voters of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds,” said Andrea Hailey, CEO of Vote.org. “Now, I have the privilege of spending every moment of every day working to increase voter registration and participation, and coming up with effective ways to overcome every obstacle - including COVID-19 - that stands between voters and the ballot box.”
The partnership has received praise on social media from a number of notable supporters including “Grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi through her Eighteen x 18 voter engagement organization, actor Don Cheadle, and Senators Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner among others. Former National Security Advisor and UN Ambassador Susan Rice also tweeted about Vote.org’s initiative, calling it “a valuable resource for voters in all 50 states as we work to preserve our democracy in the time of COVID-19.”
“This pandemic reminds us that the simple decisions regarding basic human rights, work, health, essential resources, debt, cost of living, and education are made by the people we vote for. Communities of color remain some of the most vulnerable. In order to secure resources for our neighbors and loved ones, we must encourage participation in the census and advocate for election protections. The NAACP Youth and College Division is going to continue to protect our communities and the people’s access to the ballot to build a better future. I know that we are going to see new voters participate in this November’s election, and we are proud to partner with Vote.org in ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard,” said Tiffany Dena Loftin, National Director of the Youth and College Division, NAACP.
Vote.org recognizes the hundreds of thousands of eligible voters at risk of losing their rights, being purged from rolls, or even accessing ballots. Through collaboration and grassroots support—Vote.org and it’s partners have outlined policies and a set of best practices to empower voters during these turbulent times.
Founded in 2016, Vote.org is the leading non-partisan, non-profit voter engagement and registration organization in America. Over the past four years, Vote.org has earned the trust of over 30 million Americans, by providing real-time information to voters, and by offering registration tools used by corporations, organizations, and other entities, to promote the political welfare of our nation. Vote.org advances its mission through the use of technology, including its online platform and SMS messaging program, to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy. For more information, please visit http://www.vote.org.