Campaign Aimed at Increasing Voter Turnout in Communities of Color|
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.
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
To carry out this local campaign in the City of Boston, the Boston NAACP has a partnership with
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.”
- Civic engagement organizations
- Yyouth groups
- Greek organizations
- The faith-based community and others
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.
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
Residents in these communities should contact the Boston NAACP at
617-427-9494 to schedule a ride, or contact firstname.lastname@example.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