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Georgia Officials Order Black Seniors Off Bus Headed for Early Voting

“During this electoral season, we all should be committed to ensuring that more, not fewer, eligible voters can participate and exercise their fundamental right to vote,” wrote Leah Aden, the NAACP’s deputy director of litigation, in a letter to the county on Tuesday.

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AARP’s ‘Be the Difference. Vote.’ Stresses Importance of Voting in Midterms

Be the Difference. Vote.’ is a non-partisan campaign whose goal is mobilizing African Americans voters — and all voters 50 and older — to exercise your power and vote,” says Edna Kane-Williams, the senior vice president of Multicultural Leadership at AARP.

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REGISTER TODAY: North Carolina NAACP Voting Rights Webinar – October 18th

Action Alert – REGISTER TODAY:  North Carolina NAACP Voting Rights Webinar – The North Carolina NAACP invites you to register today for the Voting Rights Webinar, Thursday, October 18th, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Voter Protection Training Agenda…

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Results of Straw Poll for November 2018

The Eastern North Carolina Civic Group (ENCCCG) under the leadership of the Honorable Fred Yates, Mayor of Winfall, recently conducted a straw poll of candidates that will appear on the November 2018 ballot.  The poll of its membership yielded the following…

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Why You Should Vote “No” on All Six Amendments

GOP legislative leadership in the NC General Assembly know that the good people of North Carolina have had enough of their legislative double-dealing, and sinister attempts at voter oppression aimed at African-Americans, so they’ve come up with a plan.

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Voter Mobilization Now Focus of “A Call to Colors” Campaign- GDN Exclusive Part XXI

With voter registration in North Carolina now ended, voter mobilization – especially on historically black college and university (HBCU) campuses throughout the state – is now the top priority between now and Election Day…

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Waller County Elections Office Denies Rejecting Voter Registrations from Prairie View A&M Students

Eason said in recent weeks there has been confusion about students who live on campus not having the correct address for their precinct listed on their registrations, but she said the county had not mailed students notices about the issue.

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NAACP Monitoring Possible Voter Suppression Tactics in Georgia Gov. Race

We are seeing this type of voter suppression scheme attempted by a state official whose candidacy for the governorship produces an irremediable conflict of interest,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson.

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Straight Talk: Republican-Inspired Voter Suppression

Voting is the glue holding democracy together. However, the suppression of the vote only weakens democracy. Republicans make political prisoners of Crystal Mason, whereas they champion their own Republicans even when they commit voter fraud.

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Desperate Republicans Help GOP Candidate for Georgia Governor Commit Massive Purge of Voters

National grassroots group reported Secretary of State Brian Kemp—also the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate—to the Justice Department late Wednesday night for blatantly violating the Voting Rights Act in order to swing the upcoming election in his own favor.

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Senate Appoints Trump Pick Eric Dreiband to Head DOJ Civil Rights Division

“…Mr. Dreiband lacks experience in many of the civil rights issues that fall under the Division’s jurisdiction – most importantly, voting rights, hate crimes, and police accountability,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond (D-LA).

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Poll Worker Volunteer Dedicates Nearly 80 Years, Inspires All to Vote

Laura Wooten is on a mission. The 97-year-old’s desire is to see citizens exercise their civic duty by voting. This has been her mission for more than seven decades while working the election polls through the administrations of nearly 15 presidents…

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Advocates Encourage Voting Rights for NY Parolees

In a news release, many of the advocates said they were there to stand in support of voting rights for all people and the increases in Parole Board release rates, despite strong opposition from some Republican Senators.

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EXCLUSIVE: Clyburn Eyes Midterm Wins, Pelosi’s Chair

“We can’t just go around being Republican-lite, we have to be out there and putting forth an alternative message for our base and we have to reach out to Black voters and let them know we’re not taking them or any of our base for granted.”

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Andrew Gillum Shocks the Political World and Sets Stage for Three Black U.S Governors

Wildly outspent by a billionaire challenger and the daughter of a former Florida Governor, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, 39, shocked the political establishment to win the gubernatorial primary…

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Don’t Believe the Hype – Vote, Our Lives Depend on It

Though the margin between victory and loss was small in many states, the “near victory” serves as cold comfort to those communities whose civil rights are slowly being rolled back under the ominous weight and rise of racism and White nationalism.

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Leaders Meet For “A Call to Colors” Strategy – GDN Exclusive Part XX

With time running out before the November 6th midterm Elections, Reverend Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, President of the NCNAACP, and Greater Diversity News (GDN) Publisher, Attorney Peter Grear, and convened a pivotal teleconference

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A Black Woman in Texas Begins Five Year Prison Sentence for Voting

Activists and others are keeping keen eyes on any semblance of voter suppression – or worse. For Crystal Mason of Rendon, Texas, “worse” took the form of the 2016 presidential election.

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