The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has announced a nationwide voter protection initiative aimed at safeguarding all Americans' constitutional right to vote in this year's election.
Describing people of color, seniors, young people, and immigrants as "uniquely vulnerable" as a result of months of heated rhetoric from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about voter fraud and a "rigged" election, the NAACP has pledged to mobilize two million digital activists, half a million members, and twenty-two hundred local units to conduct door-to-door canvassing and man more than forty in-person phone banks.
In an effort to fight voter suppression efforts across the country, the NAACP is working with the National Election Protection Coalition and has pledged to notify state officials in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas about voting machine malfunctions The organization also is collaborating with BET, the Sheryl Underwood Radio Network, and Bishop T.D. Jakes of Potter's House in Dallas on a series of national public service announcements and has partnered on voter education and mobilization efforts with the Shriners, the Masons, and the AME Church.
"In every presidential election since 1965, we have battled to increase the turnout of black voters, and once again we are doing everything in our power to encourage black voters to get to the polls in record numbers," said NAACP president and CEO Cornell W. Brooks. "The kinds of threats we have heard in recent months — ID checks, voter intimidation, misinformation campaigns — harken back to the first half of the twentieth century. And although the current iteration of the Voting Rights Act is not nearly as powerful as it was, make no mistake: these practices are illegal, and they are wrong."