African American Voter Registration, Education, & Participation Project

Increasing African American and urban voter registration, education, and participation through outreach to targeted communities in California. We've registered over 200,000 voters and counting since 2002!

About Us

Our History:

What Some Call Work, We Call Commitment…

The African American Voter Registration, Education, and Participation (AAVREP) is the largest organized effort targeting African American and urban voters in the state of California in more than a decade.

Founded in January 2002 by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, AAVREP’s mission is to increase African American and urban voter registration, education, and participation through outreach to targeted communities.

The African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation Project pursues voter empowerment through civic engagement. By developing strategic partnerships with community, labor and religious organizations, AAVREP empowers individuals and neighborhoods one vote at a time. This work builds on the legacy of the African American community’s unique role in making the promise of U.S. representative democracy genuine.

Our Accomplishments:

Empowerment through Civic Engagement…

For over ten years, AAVREP has:

  • Registered more than 200,000 voters and counting (as verified by the Los Angeles County Registrar).
  • Trained more than 2,500 Community-Based Team Members in voter registration and mobilization.
  • Contacted nearly 200,000 households via telephone with Get-Out-The-Vote messages.
  • Knocked on more than 200,000 doors with Get-Out-the-Vote messages.
  • Strategically targeted and deployed Team Members to hundreds of precincts and polling places.
  • Developed a statewide email database to distribute GOTV messages.
  • Commissioned polling on the 2005 Mayoral election as well as a three-part report titled “African American Political Strength: Background and Implications for Los Angeles.”
  • Supported the Community College Initiative to lower tuition by collecting over 10,000 petition signatures.
  • Conducted Ecumenical Leadership meetings to educate and engage church congregations of various faiths to encourage greater participation in the civic and political process.
  • Organized LA’s first Tele-townhall during the 2010 election.
  • Branded AAVREP’s role in civic engagement.


AAVREP Voter Registration, Education, and Participation Campaigns

2014 Statewide Election 2013 Local Elections 2012 Presidential Election 2010 Statewide Election 2008 Presidential Election 2007 2006 General Elections 2005 Statewide Special Election 2004 Presidential General Election 2004 Presidential Primary Election 2003 Statewide Special Election 2002 Statewide Election
  • Jerry Brown Re-elect & other statewides
  • Yes on Proposition 47
  • No on Proposition 46
  • Aja Brown for Compton Mayor
  • Wendy Greuel for LA Mayor
  • Curren Price for LA City Council
  • Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign
    Barack Obama
  • Yes on Proposition 30
  • No on Proposition 32
  • Jerry Brown for Governor
  • Kamala Harris for Attorney General
  • Holly Mitchell for State Assembly Re-elect Campaign
  • Curren Price for State Senate
  • Steve Bradford for State Assembly
  • Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign
    Barack Obama
  • Voter Registration Campaign
    In just 5 short years, registered over 95,000 voters
  • Yes on Propositions 1A – 1E
  • Yes on Proposition 84
  • Yes on Proposition 86
  • Yes on Proposition 87
  • No on Proposition 88
  • No on Proposition 90
  • Yes on Proposition H
  • No on Propositions 74-79
  • Yes on Proposition 80
  • Yes on Measure Y
  • Yes on Propositions 63, 66, 72
  • Yes on Measure Y
  • Yes on Propositions 55 and 56
  • No on the Recall of Gov. Davis
  • No on Proposition 54
  • Yes on Measures K and B
  • No on Measures F and H