The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ), VOTE, and other partner organizations will hit the streets across Louisiana as they begin their Get Out & Vote effort.
On Saturday, September 7, the organizations hosted launch event at their VOTE office, located at 110 Travis Street, Suite 140, in Lafayette.
The campaign's plan is to engage in a variety of community outreach efforts, including knocking on doors, calling voters, and holding events and candidate forums in order to get the word out about voting and to increase voter turnout.
Get Out & Vote's goal is to foster long-term civic engagement in communities that have traditionally been ignored by the political establishment.
The group will also encourage people to pledge to become Power Voters.
PCEJ considers Power Voters those who:
1) Vote in every election, education themselves about their candidates, and take at least one other person with them to the polls
2) Hold their elected officials accountable by attending candidate forums and town halls, and contacting their representatives about important issues and pieces of legislation
3) Take part in the 2020 U.S. Census so their community is fully and properly counted, knowing that a full and proper count is essential to ensuring that our communities get the resources and representation they need to build a better future
The PCEJ works to build voice and power, and whose mission is to educate and turn out voters and fight for policies that create a more equitable and just system is Louisiana.
Saturday's event was part of the rollout of the statewide campaign.
The event started at 10 a.m.
Early voting runs from September 28 - October 5. Primary elections are October 12 with runoff elections on November 16.
Not registered to vote? Find out how to register at the Louisiana Secretary of State's website here.