We Can Make a Difference
WHY REGISTER TO VOTE?
The act of voting is one of the most powerful tools in a democratic society. For Black Americans, voting holds profound significance, given the long history of systemic racial discrimination and voter suppression. Engaging our community ensures that democracy is more inclusive, and representative.
We have faced barriers to voting throughout U.S. history, from poll taxes to literacy tests during the Jim Crow era. The 1965 Voting Rights Act was a pivotal achievement of the Civil Rights Movement, aimed at eliminating racial discrimination in voting. While great progress has been made, we must continue our commitment to staying engaged in our democracy, or hard fought rights can be lost.
YOUR VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A robust Black voter turnout ensures the election of representatives who prioritize and understand our needs. By voting, we can influence policy decisions on education, criminal justice, health care, and economic opportunities. Voting affects policies on various issues that disproportionately impact our Black communities, such as police reform, access to affordable healthcare, affordable housing, educational equity, and economic opportunities. An engaged Black electorate can direct the policy discourse towards racial equity and justice.
Historically and currently, there have been efforts to suppress our votes through tactics like voter ID laws, gerrymandering, and polling place closures. An active and informed Black voter base can challenge and counteract these attempts.