- Post 30 October 2012
- By Special to the Daily World
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The Links, Incorporated is now in partnership with the NAACP to increase voter registration, and to educate target audiences about voter suppression and other key issues that may affect the upcoming elections.
A Memorandum of Understanding has just been signed by our National President Margot James Copeland, and NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. Our 276 chapters are able to utilize the resources of the NAACP campaign billed as "This Is My Vote!" in our continuing work to register and educate voters.
The public is invited to view the "Get Out The Vote" toolkit available for download on The Links national website. There is also a direct link to the NAACP's ThisIsMyVote.org, with additional information on voter registration, education and more.
"We want to ensure that our community, especially our students and other youth, have the opportunity and information to be fully engaged in and educated about their right to vote. Our membership is registering voters and addressing issues that might in any way keep those in our community from exercising this key American right," said Copeland.
As an organization, The Links, Incorporated has been actively engaged in increasing voter participation by historically underrepresented constituencies - including low-income Americans, Americans of color, and young voters of color. The campaign focuses on empowering and encouraging African-American voters; newly registered voters; and eligible voters under the age of 30.
They also address the barriers that may prevent these underrepresented populations from registering and voting, such as bills that require photo ID, demands for proof-of-citizenship, or the imposition of undue restrictions on community-based voter registration drives.