When it comes to registering and voting, having the right information can often mean the difference between casting a ballot and being left out of the process. Americans – particularly young people and communities of color – are much more accustomed to receiving information via their mobile phones. This election cycle, it’s vital for voters to be able to access key information right in the palm of their hand.
In order to meet the needs of the Digital Age, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials Education Fund, New Organizing Institute, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation have joined forces to deploy the Election Protection Smartphone Application to provide all information and resources, in English and Spanish (branded Ya Es Hora), that voters need to fully participate in the 2012 elections.
The Election Protection App will be available on all smartphones and provides all the information and resources voters need to register and cast a meaningful ballot in the palm of their hands. The App will allow voters to:
• Verify their registration; • Register to vote; • Look up their polling place; • Review key voting rules and regulations for their state; • See what type of machine they vote on; and • Contact Election Protection via phone or email to report a problem or get answers to their questions.
Scan the QR code below with your smart phone to download the app:
WASHINGTON — Deidra Reese isn’t waiting for people to come to her to find out whether they are registered to vote.
With iPad in hand, Reese is going to community centers, homes and churches in nine Ohio cities, looking up registrations to make sure voters have proper ID and everything else they need to cast ballots on Election Day.
“We are not going to give back one single inch. We have fought too long and too hard,” said Reese, 45, coordinator of the Columbus-based Ohio Unity Coalition, an affiliate of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
Reese is part of a cadre of black women engaged in a revived wave of voting rights advocacy four years after the historic election of the nation’s first black president. Provoked by voting law changes in various states, they have decided to help voters navigate the system — a fitting role, they say, given that black women had the highest turnout of any group of voters in 2008.
Black Women For Obama is dedicated to the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012 and in doing so we are committed to educating everyone who joins this organization as well as anyone who visit our website.
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Ladies of BWFO! We’ve loaded BWFO.org with a ton of information related to voter registration, but now there’s a great new website dedicated to making sure each and every voter knows what they need to get registered in every state! Take a minute right now to check out GottaVote.org, a new site loaded with all the voting info folks need!
The site provides information on how to register, what to bring to the polls, important deadlines, and more. Once you take a look, be sure to bookmark the site — believe me, it’s something that’s only going to become more useful as we get closer to November 6th. Right now, we’re all determining what Election Day looks like. I don’t know about you, but when I’m in line at the polls, I don’t want to be wondering if I could’ve done more. Each of us needs to go after every single vote. No regrets.
Check out GottaVote.org right now, get your voting checklist, and then share it with everyone you know — you’ll be glad you did:
In recent months, the mainstream and alternative media have devoted a significant amount of attention on voter suppression and new voter identification laws that have been proposed in states across the country. Proponents argue that these new laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud while critics maintain that voter fraud is relatively rare and that the new laws will result in the suppression of voter turnout and disenfranchise eligible citizens who, for whatever reason, to not possess the appropriate documentation. Yet, on the issue of voter suppression, new identification requirements pale in comparison with the routine disenfranchisement of political Independents. Read the rest of this entry →
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Black Women for Obama is a grass roots organization dedicated to the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012. In the 2008 election, we played a pivotal role, especially in the southeast, canvassing and volunteering, and we plan to do so nation-wide in the months leading up to the 2012 election as well.
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