WHY ELECTIONS AND BLACK VOTES MATTER

Demographic Change

leads to

Increased Voter Suppression

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November 3, 2020 Presidential Election

Will Impact Our Lives for Years

2020

National Election and 2020 Census

2022

Mid-Term Election Reapportionment

2024

National Election

Presidential Power Impacts:

 The nation’s values & direction 

Selection of lifetime federal judges

War powers

Policies shaped via executive orders

America’s image worldwide

 Supreme Court selections

State & local elections also impact the quality of our communities.

TALKING POINTS

  • Not voting in 2020 elections is dangerous! Criminal justice reform, health care, affordable housing, and vital resources may be lost without a strong black voter turnout--in all voting age groups. Download the full Turnout Sunday Toolkit.

  • A strong Black voter turnout is key to electing leaders who will stand strongly against systemic racism, voter suppression, and white nationalistic terrorism.

  • 8 million Black Americans are now unregistered to vote. 2020 voter registration--especially among younger African American eligible voters--is very important.

  • Black churches and pastors play a vital role in helping congregations understand issues at stake in the 2020 elections, and utilizing voting tools to prevent efforts to block the black vote, and by holding Secretaries of State and election officials accountable to leading free and fair elections. (Examples: Absentee Ballots, Early Voting, Same Day Voting, and Online Voting.)

  • In the 2016 Election, 6 states had more unregistered black voters than the margin of victory by the President - Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

VOTING MADE EASY: Tools and Resources

  • Who Do I Call If My Right To Vote Is Challenged, or I Suspect Misconduct at My Polling Place?  1-866-OUR-VOTE (Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights) | 1-866-687-8683

  • What is Turbo Voting, Online Voting, and Same Day Voting? www.headcount.org 

TURNOUT Sunday Toolkit is a product of the National African American Clergy Network (NAACN) of denominational & independent church leaders in partnership with Sojourners

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