The political climate in our nation continues to be toxic and divisive around many of the issues that are important to our members and our communities. Elections have consequences and policy makers are attempting to repeal civil rights protections, reduce regulations on big banks, and restrict school nutrition programs, just to name a few. Unified engagement is needed now with great urgency.
Understanding that we are more effective when we work together and leverage resources, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) created a social action task force to effectively coordinate voter engagement efforts in 2016. Each organization has maintained a national partnership with NAACP for decades and now commits to engaging communities collectively in local Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activities. Read more about the 2018 NPHC/NAACP partnership here.
After seeing the numbers for African Americans in Arizona, we committed to making the national partnership a local priority. Of the 188,000 eligibile African American voters in Arizona, only 91,000 are registered voters. In the last 3 presidential elections, an average of 25,000 African Americans actually voted and in the last 3 mid-term elections, only an average of 15,000 showed up to the polls. With these numbers, the African American communiy could be a deciding factor in any statewide election so we are initiating #votertakeover2018!
You don't have to wait for an event to register. In order to vote in the August 28th Primary Election, you must register by July 30. In order to vote in the November 6th General Election, you must register by October 9. Register online today.
In partnership with the NPHC and NAACP, we are working to register as many voters as possible by September 25, 2018. Check our calendar often for updates on activities around the Valley.
Our #AZOTRIIVOTE initiative is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to register as many votes as possible during the last week of September. Check our calendar and join us at any of our events.