With the 2020 election just weeks away, we want to explore both the historical and current context of our voting rights. There are some that feel our votes don't matter. Let's discuss the value of our vote and why voter suppression seems to be increasing in the most developed nation in the world.
We are hosting a discussion with consideration of two new documentaries - John Lewis: Good Trouble and All In: The Fight for Democracy. To honor social distancing protocols, both of these movies are available to view from the comfort of your home. We are asking that you view them prior to the event so that we can have an enriched discussion on both the past and current state of our voting rights.
Join the discussion with our featured guest, Councilperson Christine Ellis, who will discuss her recent election to the Chandler City Council. All of our attendees will learn about their voting rights, create their own personal voting plan, and learn how they can join the effor to mobilize voters.
VIRTUAL DISCUSSION VIA ZOOM
Sunday, September 27, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
This amazing documentary is an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism. As one of Dr. King’s closest allies, Lewis organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He carried that same spirit to the halls of Congress and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020.
The movie is available through your cable provider's ON DEMAND service or through an array of digital platforms.
With the expertise of Stacy Abrams, All In: The Fight for Democracy examines the issue of voter suppression in the United States and the activism to fight against it. The film interweaves personal experiences with suppression and historical insights to expose a problem that has corrupted our country from the beginning.
The movie is available on Amazon Prime Video and it is interesting to note how many negative reviews have been submitted for the film. More than 60% of respondents have given it one star. Judge for yourself and let us know what you think on the 27th.
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Of the 188,000 eligible 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 community could be a deciding factor in any statewide election so we are encouraging everyone to register and VOTE! For this election cycle we are focusing on three key areas:
The first step in participating in the democratic process is registering to vote in your local county. In Arizona, you must be registered 29 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote. State law requires Arizona residents meet the following criteria to register:
Registration is easy and can be done online. Voters registered to vote in Maricopa Count will even get an online voter account where you can check your contact information, ballot status, and party affiliation. Don't delay; register today!
With the looming pandemic and concerns about social distancing, we encourage all voters to vote early by getting on the PEVL (Permanent Early Voting List). This way your ballot for every election you are eligible for will be automatically mailed to you. All you have to then do is get those ballots in the mail at least a week before the election to make sure they arrive on time or you can drop your ballot envelope off at a vote location. As a registered voter in Maricopa County, you can log into your voter profile to see if your ballot has been received and counted. Click the button below for more information.
From voter suppression laws to mysterious anomalies at the polls, there are forces afoot that want to silence your voice. We cannot let that happen and we are partnering with Election Protection to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Election Protection helps voters make sure their vote is counted through a number of resources.
A suite of voter helplines administered by coalition members are available for you to report voter suppression of any kind:
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