Election turnout improves when candidates reflect their voters. Democratic Alabama candidates reflect their electorate.
How do you make it easy for voters to learn about the candidates running for office? For Congress, Senate and Governor? How they can volunteer and donate to their campaigns? How to get information from the Secretary of State’s website about voting deadlines and polling locations? Find information easily from a phone or laptop?
Andrea Miller is the founder of Center For Common Ground, a nonprofit group that educates and empowers under-represented voters in voter suppression states to engage in elections and advocate for their right to vote. She created an interactive map in a few hours using esri software.
Make info easy to find
This map packs a lot of information behind a simple user interface which can be used on a phone or laptop.
- Alabama congressional district boundaries
- Three Democratic candidates running in district 2,5 and 7
- Democratic candidates for Alabama Governor and Senator
- Details on Congressional, Senate and Governor’s race are shown as layers
- Candidate’s website, Facebook, Twitter pages how to volunteer and donate to the candidates
- Link to Alabama Secretary of State for voter info
- Details on Center For Common Ground
41.51% of Registered Alabama Voters are Black, indigenous or people of color (BIPIOC)
- 2,157,972 – Caucasian
- 825,018 – Black
- 37,845 – Hispanic
- 23,582 – AANHPI
- 9,343 – Native American
In Alabama 324,000 “Registered” African Americans did NOT Vote in 2020! Another 300,000 African Americans are NOT registered!
Democracy Centers are located in BIPOC communities where more than 55% of eligible voters no longer choose to vote. A Democracy Center is a local resource that supports ongoing, year-round, civic engagement to achieve meaningful progress on issues of importance in underserved communities of color where the ill effects of historic systemic racism are deeply entrenched and oppressive. These communities are often rural and identifiable by certain common characteristics, such as high levels of race-based concentrated poverty, lower social mobility, higher rates of environmental pollution and restrictive voter suppression laws. The phrase, “My vote doesn’t matter” reflects frustration with the lack of improvement in community pain points regardless of who is elected.
Center for Common Ground provides needed infrastructure, training and digital tools to empower communities during times of accelerated change and challenge. Citizens need a place to gather, learn about national, state and local policy/politics so they can make educated decisions about their leaders and how to make change on every level.
How Democracy Centers work
People want to know what they can do to create the change they want to see in their community and they want to do it themselves. They need expertise, training, technology and tools that will empower them. Democracy Centers are organized in partnership with well-established community-based organizations and will educate and promote opportunities to take action in support of issues important to the community, such as voting rights, energy democracy and resiliency, jobs and community wealth and power building. This change can’t come from outside; it can only happen from within.
TakeAway: Democracy is on the ballot. Make sure every voter has their say – especially those in disadvantaged, minority communities.
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