September 20th is National Voter Registration Day, so we are re-launching our voter registration website! Will you encourage an unregistered voter in your life to register to vote today?

Every year, we hear, “there’s so much at stake this election!” But the fact of the matter is this: Getting Trump out of office was not the end-all-be-all. That was just the beginning…because the stakes have only gotten higher since then.

The Big Lie has enabled state legislatures across the country to enact a combination of new election laws that blatantly suppress voters. This, in conjunction with congressional redistricting,1 has made it much harder for Black folks to access the ballot.

The fight for Black liberation is a multi-fronted fight. Along with our efforts to reimagine a world that actually keeps us safe, we must also fight back to reverse and prevent the constant legislative attacks against our people. We need to vote for leaders who will fight for our vision of Black safety, joy, and liberation.

Although working within the political system is not the only way to achieve an abolitionist world, registering to vote is important!

No matter how hard white supremacy tries, they cannot win against our people-power and the power of democracy.

According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register.2 Ahead of the 2022 midterms, this only gets more complicated with the Big Lie’s influence, which has made various changes to registration rules, dates, deadlines, and more.

We’re also faced with the impacts of the racist war on drugs, legacies of slavery, and decades of state-sanctioned violence. As of 2020, 5.2 million Americans were prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses.3 Black Americans of voting age are nearly four times as likely to lose their voting rights than the rest of the adult population, with 1 of every 16 Black adults disenfranchised nationally.

We have to work together to overcome these barriers. So, in honor of National Voter Registration Day and the future of Black lives, take a quick moment and use our easy online portal to encourage someone in your life to register to vote!

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When you’re done, enter our contest to win 1 of 5 two-day passes to the 2022 ONE MusicFest in Atlanta, GA October 8th-9th!

Enter Our Contest

Disclaimer: You may enter to win the ONE MusicFest giveaway without registering to vote. Voter registration status does not impact your eligibility or chances of winning. Travel and lodging expenses to ONE Musicfest not included. More about the contest/full contest rules

BLMGNF’s Rock the Vote Voter Registration Tool

Rock the Vote LogoNot yet registered to vote? Use our voter registration tool, powered by Rock the Vote!

Voter registration time takes an average of only two minutes or less to complete.

Register to Vote

Rock the Vote is dedicated to building the political power of young people. In 1990, music executives founded Rock the Vote in response to censorship of hip-hop and rap artists. Rock the Vote’s first partnership, with MTV, promoted the message that “Censorship is Un-American” and engaged young people across the country in fighting back. For over 25 years, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way we use pop culture, music, art, and technology to engage young people in politics and build collective power. Rock the Vote has turned out millions of young voters, has successfully fought for — and defended — voting rights, and increased access to democracy.

ONE MusicFest Giveaway

Black Lives Matter is excited to be a part of this year’s ONE Musicfest, the Southeast’s largest 2 day Black music festival, to further our continued organizational mission to foster Black joy, healing, creativity, and connectivity.

ONE Music festival is Black-owned by an HBCU graduate, and we know that the future of Black liberation rests on a foundation of harnessing and expressing what it means to be Black — connecting Black people with each other, and the magic that happens when Black arts and culture are given their worth.

Black Lives Matter is continuing to work against the on-going violence against Black people through partnering with campaigns and organizations that are dedicated to defunding the police — we’re working towards an abolitionist world where all Black people have total liberation and freedom.

At the same time, we’re committed to advancing Black arts and culture — which is often overlooked in our white-dominated society, and which we believe is a key part of Black freedom.

Good luck! Winners will be notified via email. You have until 11:59 pm EST on September 27th to enter. See full contest rules.

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Footnotes

1 https://www.npr.org/2022/08/21/1118503562/florida-black-voters-election-laws-redistricting
2 https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/about/
3 https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/felony-disenfranchisement-a-primer/