November 3, 2020
Reporters can register for reports on voting irregularities
The Poor People’s Campaign and its attorneys will protect voting rights in 11 states on Election Day and maintain reports of irregularities ranging from polling places that don’t maintain the set hours to outright harassment and intimidation on Election Day.
Attorneys with Forward Justice and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund will work with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival to protect voters and their right to cast ballots in 11 key states: Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana and Pennsylvania and Florida.
The Poor People’s Campaign co-chairs, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, along with the attorneys, will provide updates on voting irregularities and how voting rights were enforced at 1:30 p.m. Eastern and 6:30 p.m. Eastern at https://vote.poorpeoplescampaign.org/. Reporters can sign up here to register for rolling reports of voter suppression throughout the day. Reporters should include their cell phone number to receive text alerts when the document is updated.
Reports will come from various sources, including PPC activists in the field. All reports will be vetted before they are made public.
The Poor People’s Campaign has contacted 2 million poor and low-income infrequent voters in eight key states where their vote can have the biggest impact: Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Maine.
These states have high levels of poverty; high levels of infrequent voters or they have communities within them that meet these criteria. Many haven’t voted since 2008. They also are states with ongoing Poor People’s Campaign activity, leadership and volunteer capacity.
Starting at 8 a.m. Eastern on Election Day, the Poor People’s Campaign will broadcast 15-minute prayers every hour and hold a special MORE Prophetic Vote service from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Eastern. The program will include leaders across various faith traditions and will air from the steps of National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., with reports from across the country.
Rev. Barber will address the Prophetic Vote program at least twice at the start and the end of the program, and Rev. Theoharis will join the other faith leaders at National City.
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