"We are doing our best to promote the vote," says Richard Rose, President of the Atlanta NAACP. Along with phone and text banking, public appearances, a wrapped bus that's traveling the state, and canvassing, Rose says the organization is doing everything it can "to make some noise" about how important Tuesday's Runoff Election is.
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Tuesday's election between incumbent U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker is for a 6 year term. "All of these elections are crucial," says Rose, adding "all of the government policies and practices, and they affect Black communities even more."
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Rose points to issues such as infrastructure, health, job training and employment opportunities, education, and student loans as being of concern more in Black and other economically-challenged communities. "We need some real input in funding for education because it absolutely affects Black communities more because we don't necessarily have the income levels to support education on our own."
On Election Day Rose says the Atlanta NAACP will be visiting voting precincts to make sure that voting goes smoothly and that voters "are not inconvenienced." He says they'll be providing water, food, and rides to the polls. The telephone number for a ride is 877-524-VOTE. The Election Protection Line to report problems at the polls is 866-OUR-VOTE. The polls will be open from 7am-7pm.
Other groups that are working on voter participation efforts include: Black Voters Matter Fund, Georgia Stand Up, CAU Votes, Black Bikers Vote, The ACLU of Georgia, Black Bikers Vote, BlackPush, Inc., Georgia Working Families Power, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, Morehouse Votes, NAACP Atlanta, Pizza to the Polls, Represent Georgia, When We All Vote and 1000 Women Strong.