For years, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.’s (LDF) Prepared to Vote (PTV) campaign has marshaled staff and local volunteers on Election Day to protect the ability of voters—particularly voters of color—to cast ballots and participate in the political process.
LDF staff and LDF-trained PTV volunteers are on the ground every year to monitor polling sites in both primary and general elections in targeted jurisdictions. For the 2018 midterm elections, LDF staff and PTV volunteers were present in eight states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi (for the Senate special election), Missouri, INTRODUCTION 49.2% The 2018 election had the highest voter turnout percentage (49.2) in a midterm election since 1914. 2 South Carolina, and Texas.
In each jurisdiction, PTV armed voters with state-specific voter guides and trainings, containing important information about their state’s election laws and how to prepare to vote. Staff and volunteers also observed and responded to voting irregularities or instances of discrimination. This report provides county-level citizen voting-age population data by race and ethnicity and a compilation of the voting issues our team observed on the ground. It is our hope that this report will highlight some of the ways we worked to defend our democracy on Election Day 2018 and what remains to be done.
Published: September 09, 2019