Posted on August 4, 2020
Four things you can do to support Black Voters everywhere
Black Voters Matter works to increase power in our communities because effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny. We are working tirelessly to increase voter registration and turnout and advocate for policies to expand voting rights/access, including expanded early voting, resisting voter ID, re-entry restoration of rights and strengthening the Voting Rights Act.
During this unprecedented time, we as Americans are all responsible for ensuring that Black Voters everywhere exercise power in their communities. BVM has listed a few ways below you can support Black Voters:
Make sure you’re registered to vote
If you are not registered to vote, please do so immediately. You can register online for your individual state here.
Also, make sure to confirm you are still registered. Many states, cites, and counties have purged voter rolls in attempt to suppress your vote. You can verify if your registration is still valid here.
Learn your state’s procedures for Absentee Ballots and Mail in Voting
Be prepared to exercise your right to vote and limit your exposure to COVID during this election season. You can go to https://www.usa.gov/absentee-voting to learn the rules for your individual state.
Respond to the 2020 Census now
The census deadline has been extended, and you can still complete the 2020 census online, by phone, or by mail. It is now more imperative than ever to make sure that every citizen is counted, as the resources allocated by the Census count can be distributed to the lower income communities that will be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and by police reform. You can go to the US Census website to find out more on how to complete it.
Now more than ever, we need your help in this fight to ensure that Black Voters Matter everywhere. Sign up to be BVM texter, and you can help us send out text messages to encourage people to participate in elections. You can also volunteer helping our partner organizations register people to vote, and other volunteer activities depending on your state and where you live.
BVM is committed to ensuring that our goal of increasing power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities carries on, despite the health crisis and voter suppression we are all facing. We know that collectively we can all get through this together! If you would like to learn more about our updated efforts, please visit https://blackvotersmatterfund.org/. Thank you for your support of Black Voters Matter!