Take the Pledge: Take the Protest to the Polls! - Black Lives Matter
A historical photo of a crowd carrying protest signs for voting rights in the 1960s

Take the Pledge: Take the Protest to the Polls!

We’re sparking conversations about why voting is more than just marking a check on a ballot. It’s about utilizing your voice—and not just for yourself, but for every person out there.

It’s simple: this country won’t reflect that Black lives matter if we don’t vote. 

Black liberation is in our hands. Defunding the police, reinvesting in our communities, economic equality: these will always be our priority. Join us and make them yours as well by signing our voting pledge.

Take the pledge to be a part of taking protest to the polls

According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible voters are not up to date on their voter registration. And although working within the political system is not the only way to achieve an abolitionist world, registering to vote (and then casting your vote) is important. It is how we take our protest to the polls. 

Every year, millions of eligible voters find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. This only gets more complicated when navigating the constant changes to registration rules, dates, deadlines, etc.

We have to work together to overcome these barriers. So, we’ve created a voter portal, powered by Rock The Vote, to help you register in just 2 minutes! 

Black people of voting age are nearly 4 times as likely to lose their voting rights than the rest of the adult population. The Black community is dealing with generations of state-sanctioned violence robbing our communities through the school to prison pipeline and myriad other systemic consequences large and small. As of 2020, 5.2 million Americans were prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses. 

Black people continue to impact elections on all levels of government—local, state, and national—and this upcoming year won’t be any different. As long as we maintain our grassroots momentum and keep our people-power thriving, we can elect folks dedicated to Black liberation across the entire country.

Ensuring that ALL Black Lives Matter starts with our work at the polls. When you’re done registering and sharing the tool with others, let us know you will do your part on election day by signing our voting pledge!

In love and solidarity,

Black Lives Matter