1-866-MyVote1: The NAACP�s National Voter Hotline
The NAACP has once again teamed up with the National Urban League to sponsor the National Voter Empowerment Hotline at 1-866-MyVote1 (1-866-698-6831).
A single call to the hotline can help you:
_Register to vote
_Find your polling station, or
_Answer any voting questions or problems you may have
In the months ahead, we will be partnering with media outlets like the Tom Joyner Morning Show and television hosts like Al Sharpton and Roland Martin to promote the hotline.
1-866-MyVote1 makes it easy to register to vote anywhere in the country. You form will be mailed to you after making your call. All you need to do is sign it and return to the address provided.
Please help us spread the word far and wide. 1-866-MyVote1 for all your voting needs.
NAACP Releases Commission District 8 Questionnaire
The Miami �Dade NAACP in an effort to move political discussion for sloganeering and simple statements to more detailed discussion of issues of concern is trying to develop a questionnaire approach locally similar to the efforts done by the NAACP on the National level. Our first attempt was with the race in County Commission District 8. The questionnaire was sent to both the challenger and the incumbent and follow up requests were made. Only the challenger responded. The responses are available , in the same document, for you to review. Please circulate to your contacts in District 8.
NAACP on the Death of 18-Year-Old Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri
Our prayers continue to go out to the family, friends and neighbors of 18- year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. The death of yet another African-American at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the community where he lived is heartbreaking.
Michael Brown was preparing to begin college, and now his family is preparing to bury their child - his life cut short in a tragic encounter with the police. It is a grim reminder of our country's broken, ineffective and unjust system of policing.
As the NAACP's Missouri State Conference and St. Louis Branch seek answers about the circumstances surrounding Michael Brown's death, the National office will remain vigilant until accountability and justice are served for the countless individuals who lose their lives to misguided policy practices in Ferguson and throughout the country.
Even as we call for accountability by those charged with protecting the community, we call on the community to act--collectively and calmly until we secure justice for the family of Michael Brown. We encourage all individuals with testimony or evidence regarding the shooting and death of Michael Brown to come forward.
We are deeply grateful for the commitment and steadfastness of our NAACP leaders in St. Louis County, St. Louis, and across the State of Missouri. As they have over the decades, local NAACP leaders have listened, supported and advocated on behalf of the minority community. They continue to work with local law enforcement, elected officials and the U.S. Department of Justice to improve policies and practices that are unfair at best - and harmful at worst.
The death of Michel Brown and actions by the Ferguson Police Department is a distressing symptom of the untested and overaggressive policing culture that has become commonplace in minority communities - all across the country - for too long.
Too often, the indefensible fear of black and brown bodies and the abuse of power by those unlawful few in blue uniforms have produced fatal results.
Our generation was supposed to be the first generation of black Americans to be judged not by our race or the color of our skin. Instead, we find ourselves to be the most profiled generation in the country and the most incarcerated on the planet.
The NAACP and our allies will not stand down until accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct are served for Michael Brown and the countless other men and women who lost their lives to such police discrimination.
We also call on those we have elected to office to become our partners in the fight for equality and fairness. For now is the time to ensure that all communities can live safely - both safe from violence at the hands of criminals and at the hands of police.
1. What kind of identification do I need to bring to the polls?
When you go to the polling place to vote, you will be asked to provide a current and valid picture identification with a signature. Approved forms of picture identification are: Florida driver's license; Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; United States passport; debit or credit card; military identification; student identification; retirement center identification; neighborhood association identification; and public assistance identification. (Section 101.043, F.S.) If the picture identification does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification with your signature.
When you go to the polling place to vote, you will be asked to provide a current and valid picture identification with a signature. Approved forms of picture identification are: Florida driver's license; Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; United States passport; debit or credit card; military identification; student identification; retirement center identification; neighborhood association identification; and public assistance identification. (Section 101.043, F.S.) If the picture identification does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification with your signature. 2. Can I still vote if I do not bring identification?
Yes. You should not be turned away from the polls because you do not bring identification. If you do not have the proper identification, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.
3. What happens if someone challenges my eligibility to vote at the polls?
If you are challenged on the basis that your legal residential address is not within the precinct, you will still have an opportunity to vote. You will be allowed to vote a regular ballot if your new address is within the same county and your new address places you in the same precinct. You will have to fill out an address change update first. If your new address places you outside the precinct where you were challenged, the poll worker will direct you to the proper precinct. If you have moved in from another county, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot unless the precinct to which you have moved has an electronic poll book or you are an active military member. If you do not execute the address change or you insist on voting in the precinct that does not correspond to your address, you will allowed to vote a provisional ballot but your ballot may not count.****If you are challenged on any other grounds of your eligibility, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.
4. I have requested an absentee ballot and now I have changed my mind and want to vote at the polls. May I?
Yes. If you received your absentee ballot, you should return it, whether voted or not, to the poll workers on Election Day. Your absentee ballot will be voided and you will be allowed to vote a regular ballot at the polls. Even if you come to the polls without your absentee ballot, you will still be able to vote a regular ballot if the supervisor of elections� office is able to confirm that it has not received your absentee ballot. However, if it is confirmed that your absentee ballot has been received, you cannot vote a regular ballot at the polls. If you think the supervisor of elections� office is wrong about receiving your absentee ballot or if the supervisor of elections� office is unable to confirm whether or not it has received your absentee ballot, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.