As the millennial generation comes of age, America’s voting electorate is becoming increasingly diverse and progressive. When we look at the drivers of climate change, the state of policing, mass incarceration, education, healthcare, economic parity, immigration, housing all of these and other policy matters hinge on the right to vote, with a fierce protection and expansion of the franchise, and Americans’ excitement and engagement in the voting process. Over the course of its existence, the NAACP has gained a well-earned reputation for being the standard bearer in the fight for democracy in America. The NAACP is committed to moving our legacy of civil rights advocacy into 21st century action. We must continue to ensure that the recipe for success includes forceful legislation, vigorous litigation, direct action, and the creation of broad-based coalitions.
Within the last 10 years, the NAACP again witnessed an extraordinary and coordinated attack on access to the ballot box where legislators decide who votes in our country. Since our inception, the NAACP has historically pursued the right to vote and deem it as the core of our democracy. Our work also involves key program priorities to benefit our constituency, including environmental justice, education, economic parity and criminal justice that we conscientiously strive toward. Voting is the turnkey out of repressive policies and legislation. Therefore, the protection and fulfillment of voting rights is identified as the core of our proposed solution marrying the concerns we all have about our work across program priorities, with our expertise and experience.