Nonvoters are disproportionately lower-income citizens. This is a shame, because decisions being made in Montgomery and beyond have a big impact on their abilities to have an improved quality of life. Research shows that candidates are more responsive to communities that have the most active voters.
In 2016, The Montgomery (AL) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., began expanding its organizing efforts with a CALL TO ACTION to fellow organizations and churches. By implementing the Rollin to the Polls (RTTP) Voting Initiative, we created goals to push GOTV efforts by increasing community engagement through voter registration, voting rights restoration, voter education, Election-Day services, and mobilization. Our impact is maximized if candidates and politicians are hearing the communities we serve.
Our mission is to provide information, resources, and tools to help engage communities to become active voters. Once we empower communities with the ability to be an informed voter, their issues gain significance in the eyes of politicians and decision makers. They become actively engaged in the voting process and politicians will work harder to gain their votes during elections by supporting their issues.
“I don’t think people realize how politics touches every part of their lives. I hope we convince people that voting is not just a one-time event; it’s a movement. It’s something that we have to do all the time because every single election is important. We need to make people understand that voting does make a difference.”
— The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge