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This is My Vote! Boston NAACP Urges Community to Vote

Campaign Aimed at Increasing Voter Turnout in Communities of ColorNAACP

The Boston NAACP has joined NAACP branches throughout the country in launching the next phase of a nation-wide initiative to register, educate and turn out African-American, Hispanic and minority voters for the Tuesday, November 6, 2012 election.

The initiative, This is My Vote!, is designed to answer unprecedented restrictions on ballot access and to increase civic participation among
minority, young and elderly voters.

This is My Vote! is the only non-partisan 50-state electoral program in the country. The campaign will use hundreds of volunteers to register and educate new voters, and to conduct a Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) campaign near Election Day. The campaign has been using door-to-door canvassing, registration booths at public events and continues to work with churches throughout the state to help attract and turn out new voters.

The NAACP’s campaign will use mobile technology to recruit volunteers and educate voters.
  • The NAACP’s national hotline (1-866-MY-VOTE-1) has already been established to answer voter inquiries.
  • Citizens may visit www.thisismyvote.org to learn more about voting requirements in Massachusetts and around the country
  • Or contact the Boston NAACP at 617-427-9494

Boston Partnerships

To carry out this local campaign in the City of Boston, the Boston NAACP has a partnership with
  • Civic engagement organizations
  • Yyouth groups
  • Greek organizations
  • The faith-based community and others
Due to Hurricane Sandy, the Boston NAACP postponed the beginning of Greek Week, where local black sororities and fraternities will come into the Boston NAACP Office to conduct phone-banking. “We have a great representation of men and women from our Greek organizations registered to participate this week,” says Sean Daughtry, Political Action Chairman of the Boston NAACP. “They deeply understand how important it is for our communities to have a voice in this year’s election, and they plan to bring that message right to registered voters.”

The Boston NAACP was successful in obtaining the support of the “Divine Nine”, a collective of black Greek organizations, and has set a goal of matching or exceeding the turnout in the 2008 Presidential Election.

Volunteers Door-Knocking

On Monday, November 5, volunteers will door-knock in Boston’s black and Latino communities providing non-partisan information to voters. On Tuesday, November 6, Election Day, the Boston NAACP will also be providing rides to the polls for residents of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

Residents in these communities should contact the Boston NAACP at 617-427-9494 to schedule a ride, or contact vote2012@bostonnaacp.org.

About the NAACP

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The Boston Branch is the first chartered branch, established in 1911.

Latarsha Thomas, Boston NAACP


Posted: November 2, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

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