The irony of 2020 is once again present in the battle between civic duty and safety. Voting in one of the most controversial elections of our generation during an unprecedented and highly politicized pandemic has many calling their therapists.
And we’re sympathetic to that, to a degree.
But we are overjoyed to assure you that there are safe ways to vote in the upcoming election, and the activists fighting for your right to vote are stronger than ever. Here’s who you can follow for information against voter suppression, for safe and secure voting, and resources that’ll help you prepare for the journey ahead.
Rock the Vote
Of all the voting advocacy groups, Rock the Vote has been one of the trailblazers, starting their work in 1990 as a response to the censorship of hip-hop and rap artists. Today, they offer an ass-load of programs centered around getting the most out of democracy. They’ll help you find your voting location, the regulations in your area, and they’ll even send you a reminder on voting day.
Meet the largest get-out-the-vote, anon-partisan non-profit in the country. They’ve registered 4.5 million new voters and verified 10.5 million voters’ registration status. In addition to a comprehensive list of voter information for each state, Vote.org rolled out an entire section centered around voting in the pandemic on their website.
Black Voters Matter
Black voters matter, everywhere, and this non-profit organization works to make sure that is clear 365 days a year. The team works to expand early voting, resist voter ID, re-entry restoration of rights and strengthen the Voting Rights Act. The work in-house is explained in detail on their website, driven by Martin Luther King Jr’s teachings, in addition to their work with local organizations working toward the same mission.
Rollin’ to the Polls
This get-out-the-vote initiative is local to Montgomery, Alabama. Started by the Montgomery Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the organization seeks to increase engagement in low-income areas by providing election-day services and voter rights education.
My Vote Matters Merchandising
My Vote Matters Merchandising is an “inclusive apparel merchandising company,” striving to inspire civic engagement and voter awareness. In addition to apparel, the company, founded by a student at Auburn University, the organization is using swag to encourage civic engagement, voter knowledge and fight against voter suppression.
American Association of People with Disabilities
The American Association of People with Disabilities started the REV UP Campaign, and they “aim to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues.” The website features a list of issues that impact people with disabilities, an accessibility toolkit and more.