October 16, 2012
Cassandra H. Webster
THE LINKS, INCORPORATED PARTNERS WITH THE NAACP’S
"THIS IS MY VOTE!"
TO INCREASE AND PROTECT VOTERS
WASHINGTON - The Links, Incorporated is now in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 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 Links National President Margot James Copeland, and NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, for the 276 chapters of The Links to utilize the resources of the NAACP campaign billed as "This Is My Vote!" in their continuing work to register and educate voters.
The Legislative Issues, Public Affairs and Disaster Relief Committee of The Links is alerting the more than 12,000 members of the organization that, in addition to the “Get Out The Vote” tool kit available for download from The Links national website, there is 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.
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. Therefore, this campaign focuses on empowering and encouraging African-American voters; newly registered voters; and eligible voters under the age of 30. The organization also addresses 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.
In the last year, more than 30 states have introduced voter suppression laws that the NAACP believes will disproportionately impact African-American voters. "We will not allow our votes to be stolen," said Jealous. "We will work together to defend the right to vote and at the same time empower our communities to vote in all of the 2012 elections."
This Is My Vote! is the NAACP’s series of programs and resources on voter registration, voter education and voter protection. It also provides alerts on changes in local voter laws; education on legislative matters and how they may affect communities; a national voter empowerment hotline, 1-866-MY-VOTE-1; and Election Day voter turn-out programs.
ABOUT THE LINKS, INCORPORATED
The Links, Incorporated is a premier international volunteer service organization of women with more than 12,000 members in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Links, Incorporated, celebrates 65 years of enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The key programming initiatives of The Links, Incorporated are organized into five facets: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services.
ABOUT THE NAACP
Founded in 1909, The NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.