JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - Amidst all the midterm election build up, several organizations have reached out to voters across the state, making sure as many people as possible make their way to the voting polls to cast their ballots.
Early Saturday, the Mississippi chapter of the Black Women’s Roundtable met at the state’s NAACP headquarters near JSU, with a revolutionary way to reach out to African American female voters and encourage them to part take in the runoff elections.
In less than one week Mississippians will flock to the polls to decide who they want giving them a voice in politics and the Black Women’s Roundtable is doing their part with a phone and texting bank to make sure the number of black women who turnout will be high.
Organizer Shalonda Spencer said “women are making an impact, especially women of color and were really excited in the elections to come and to see that women have the power in their voices by going to the polls to vote.”
How the tables work, is women across the state eligible to vote, then they simply remind them to get out and make their voices heard this Tuesday.
“We ask them are they going to be able to go vote on the 27th,” Spencer said. “Mostly, they respond ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and then we end the conversation with where they can go and find the place their supposed to go vote.”
Secretary of National Coalition of Black Civic Participation Dr. Elsie Scott said the goal is “to increase the turnout, that people know they have to come back to vote, because often with the run-off people don’t always come back to vote.”
One new tactic the women are taking is also connecting with voters via text message, instead of just calling.
“Relay is a new system that was used during the Bernie Sanders campaign, so they decided to use that as well in local elections, ‘cause they realized it’s a great way to reach millennials and everybody is on their phones, so you get a text message hey are you registered to vote, are you going to vote and it’s an easy reply,” Spencer said.
Committed to the issues that the group believes African American women and their families face every day, the black women’s roundtable pride themselves on being non-party affiliated, wanting both sides to make their vote count.
“We are a 501 c3, non-partisan organization, so we don’t take any political sides we just want people to get out and vote but we want them to vote in the interests of women,” Dr. Scott said.
This year, a record-high number of minority women were elected to congress, which the organization feels is making a big impact for the better, nationwide.
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