Tell us. Why do you vote?

“Single women, millennials, and minorities—the Rising American Electorate (RAE)—make up nearly 59.2 percent of eligible voters. But these citizens don’t register to vote or turn out in proportion to their share of the population. In 2016, even though they accounted for nearly six in ten members of the vote-eligible population, the RAE made up a little more than half (52.6 percent) of the total electorate.

This majority believes in access to health care, equal pay, paid family leave, and affordable education. They have the numbers to elect politicians to pursue this agenda, but only if they make it onto the rolls and to the polls.

In 2016, 50.5 percent of all voters in 12 battleground states—Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin—were members of the RAE. Yet, of all the voters likely to sit out the 2018 elections in those battleground states, over 60 percent are members of the RAE, accounting for 8.7 million votes.”

Source: Lake Research Partners 2017

Black women have the proven power to determine national elections. In fact, 70% of eligible Black women cast ballots in 2008 and 2012, accounting for the highest voter turnout of any racial or gender group. Many are expecting us to stay home in November. Let’s prove them wrong.

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