African American Voter Registration, Education, & Participation Project
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Increasing African American and urban voter registration, education, and participation through outreach to targeted communities in California. We've registered over 175,000 voters and counting since 2002!

Local elections are over, but our work is just beginning

Another round of Los Angeles area elections are done. Unfortunately we saw very low turnout numbers, which means another generation of citizens are missing out on having their voices heard in state and local government. Only about 10% of eligible voters participated in the March 3rd municipal elections.

However, California state lawmakers are looking to make the voting process easier to encourage more people to participate in the future!

Also the newly approved amendments on March 3rd will move city and school board elections from March and May in odd-numbered years to June and November in even-numbered years in 2020 and beyond, meaning people will be able to more easily vote in these important elections going forward.

Rep. John Lewis introduced The Voter Empowerment Act (VEA), legislation nationally that would expand and protect voting rights to counteract the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Also Rep. John Conyers, D. Mich., and Sens. Harry Reid, D. Nev., Sen. Ben Cardin, D. Md., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D. Vt., introduced the Democracy Restoration Act, which would restore voting rights to former prisoners. Whether or not these pieces of legislation move forward on a federal level, we have a responsibility to educate and empower California voters and improve participation on a state and local level.