We all deserve to be heard, including through casting a ballot. Ensuring that our communities can register to vote and know how to vote is critical to the fight for a truly multiracial democracy.
As a network, we must combat rampant voter misinformation and disinformation that can confuse voters or discourage BIPOC communities from engaging civically. We must connect with our communities to hear what they need and what questions they have.
We can do this through developing key partnerships, leadership and relationship building, and civic tech.
In celebration of 2022 National Voter Registration Day, Civic TN and members of the Tennessee Titans encouraged Tennesseans to engage in their civic duty as early voting nears for the upcoming November election. This successful partnership sparked from the urgency to encourage Tennessee residents to ensure their voter registration is up-to-date, make a plan to vote and encourage their fellow community members to do the same as the October 11th voter registration deadline nears.
In addition to the Titans collaboration, several of our partners across Tennessee participated in National Voter Registration Day and produced astonishing results. Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH) partnered with the University of Memphis Student Government Association to host a “Roar the Vote” event, encouraging college students to engage in their civic duties.
Other groups like Memphis Artists for Change (MAC) hosted phone banking and canvassing events to encourage their communities to get involved in the election process as November nears.
Civic TN with members of the Tennessee Titans at a text bank for National Voter Registration Day. (Image Credit: the Titans Community)
“We have, as citizens of this country, the right of democracy. It’s important that our voices are heard, our elected officials are held accountable, and our values are represented by our communities,”
— Matia Powell, Executive Director of Civic TN.
Members of the Tennessee Titans at a text bank with CivicTN for National Voter Registration Day. (Image Credit: the Titans Community)