FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2022
Contact: Jonah Bryson, firstname.lastname@example.org
(WASHINGTON DC) – Today, America's preeminent civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is mobilized in full force to ensure every American casts their ballot in this year's midterm elections. As we close in on the final day of voting, it's more important than ever that Black voters speak up about the issues that matter most to them.
In the months leading up to Election Day, the NAACP has spent approximately $2,000,000 on radio ads across GA, PA, FL, NC, NV, OH, WI & MI and distributed $6,500,000 to 55 grassroots partners and local NAACP units across 18 states. The association has also recruited 30,000 volunteers to assist with GOTV efforts, sent approximately 8,000,000 texts encouraging Americans to cast their ballot, and partnered with Lyft to offer free rides (up to $50/pp) to and from polling stations.
"As our democracy hangs in the balance - this election is too important to ignore," said NAACP CEO & President Derrick Johnson, "For anyone who has not voted yet – this is the final day to get out and make sure your voice is heard. Voting is power and in this election, it is imperative that we utilize our collective power to stand up to extremism and injustice."
Today, the NAACP will be deploying recruited and trained legal professionals to serve as poll monitors across the country, ensuring all voters have the opportunity to cast their ballot while tracking any reports of voter suppression issues through the Voter Incident Report form. The association is encouraging all voters to fill out the form if they experience any issues at the polls.
Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF – was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation's first civil and human rights law organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.