Monday, October 16, 2006

NAACP to Monitor Elections in Alabama

From USA Today Blog

NAACP to monitor elections

The NAACP plans to monitor voting next month by dispatching observers to polling sites, taking voters' complaints and notifying the Justice Department of any major problems, reports the Associated Press.

NAACP representatives will monitor polls in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Those ten states were chosen based on a variety of factors, including concentration of black voters and history of polling problems.
In a statement released before today's press conference in Baltimore, NAACP President Bruce Gordon said, "While the NAACP will take steps to counter obstacles to voter participation, we are encouraging our communities to cast their votes even if it requires extra effort."
Gordon said the NAACP is working hard to ensure a greater African-American presence at the polls this November. The organization recently launched its "Arrive with Five" campaign, which aims to increase black voter turnout by 5% over 2002.

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