+ “If we ever needed to vote, we sure do now.” -Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Many have died for my vote So I have to respect it You won‟t take it away „Cause I‟ll fight to protect it I‟ll push for my issues No matter who is elected„Cause when we all participate Our democracy is perfected This is my voice. This is my power This is my vote!
+ Voting Rights and Political Representation In 2008 a surge of voter participation Backlash: Voter Photo ID Bills Cuts to Early Voting Same Day Voting Ex-offender Disenfranchisement
+ NAACP Strategic Plan Economic Sustainability Education Health Public Safety & Criminal Justice
+ NAACP is NONPARTISAN What does „nonpartisan‟ mean? It means the NAACP cannot intervene in any political campaign on behalf or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Nonpartisan campaigns should be designed to educate the public about issues or to encourage the public to exercise their right to vote – not to tell the public how to vote.
+ Election Do‟s & Don‟ts Don‟t give implicit or explicit endorsements Don‟t make contributions to candidates Don‟t set up, fund or manage a PAC Don‟t coordinate activities with a campaign Don‟t distribute/display partisan materials Don‟t publicize which candidates agree with positions your organization supports
+ Election Do‟s & Don‟ts Comment & educate the general public and elected officials Advocate for or against specific public policies Call, write & meet with elected officials Hold nonpartisan candidate forums Conduct nonpartisan voter registration drives Conduct training Make efforts to educate candidates on issues important to members
+ 5 Keys to Success 1. Approach each person and get their attention 2. Give them a reason to register 3. Ask their name 4. Check the form for common mistakes 5. Ask everyone to volunteer – even if they are already registerd
+ 5 Steps to Registering a New Voter 1. Approach each person individually 2. Get one person started filling out the form first 3. Put lines to work for you 4. Set goals and keep accurate records 5. Persistence gets results
+ The VANWe need a record of everything we doProcess for voter registration drive
+ YOU CAN… Register after service or programs at your church Register during family reunions Be apart of our call army – and contact some of the 5,500+ unregistered voters in Iredell Volunteer and complete some voter registrations.