Civil Rights Groups Announces “Turn Up Tuesdays” to Mobilize Communities to Fight for The Right to Vote

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and All Voting is Local, with its joint campaign And Still I Vote, launched Turn Up Tuesdays, a weekly, national call to action to mobilize voters and urge officials to ensure fair and safe elections in 2020. Kicking off in Ohio on Tuesday, April 14th, Turn Up Tuesday is dedicated to ensuring that the election process in upcoming primaries does not encounter the disarray that voters experienced in Wisconsin’s election on April 7th. Ohio’s primary election is currently scheduled for April 28, after  a postponement in response to COVID-19 concerns. 

“Voters throughout the country want to participate in the democratic process and make their voices heard. But many feel confused and cut off from practical options for doing so given recent changes  in their local election process and the uncertainties caused by COVID-19,” said Ashley Allison, executive vice president of campaigns and programs at The Leadership Conference. “Turn Up Tuesdays is already giving voters that guidance they need to exercise their fundamental right to vote. We are excited to partner with and support the dynamic voting rights organizations leading this work in Ohio to help uplift the fight for voting rights during Ohio’s primary. Together, we are working to ensure that voting is safe, free and fair for everyone.” 

In partnership with a coalition of voter rights organizations, this week, All Voting is Local Ohio is hosting and supporting a series of events to help educate Ohioans about the changes in this year’s primary election. Ohio’s primary, previously scheduled for March 17th, will be held almost exclusively by mail-in ballot in response to the current COVID-19 epidemic.

“Ohio’s primary has been fraught with chaos since the initial primary date was moved and voting has essentially moved entirely to vote by mail,” said Mike Brickner, Ohio State Director for All Voting is Local. “Unfortunately, too many voters are unfamiliar with voting by mail, and are unsure about how to use the system. We want to do our part to ensure that as many Ohio voters as possible  are able to exercise their right to vote in this year’s primary.”

Mr. Brickner added, “Our partners have stepped up to help get the word out about the changes that have taken place. This week’s push is critical to helping Ohio voters ensure their voices are heard.”

Here is a list of the week’s events:

Monday, April 13 

Ohio Voter Rights Coalition members, led by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, launched a text campaign to encourage Ohio voters to turn in their vote by mail ballots in advance of April 28th. Volunteers have already contacted over 100,000 voters in the past week to encourage them to request a ballot.

Tuesday, April 14

5:30 – 6 p.m. EDT

Turn Up Tuesday Facebook Live Event – All Voting is Local will speak with Ohio residents who experienced difficulty casting their ballot before the primary was changed to April 28th.

Participants

Ashley Allison, executive vice president of campaigns and programs, The Leadership Conference 

Mike Brickner, All Voting is Local Ohio State Director

Jennifer Lumpkin, Cleveland Votes

Alicia Hopkins, Ohio Resident and Voter

 

Wednesday, April 15

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT [For PRESS ONLY]

The Leadership Conference and All Voting is Local will host a press call to discuss the importance of this week of activation in Ohio.

Details on participation will be provided upon request

Participants:

Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference

Mike Brickner, All Voting is Local Ohio State Director

Prentiss Haney, Executive Director of the Ohio Student Association

Jen Miller, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Ohio

 

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EDT

All Voting is Local is hosting a Tele-Town Hall for 150,000 Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo residents.

Tele-Town Hall Conference Line for PRESS: (540)-409-4375 Ext.59287#

Speakers:

Sam Sylk, Host of the Sam Sylk Chow, 93.1 Cleveland – Moderator 

Tom Roberts, NAACP-Ohio President

Danielle Sydnor, NAACP-Cleveland President

Erika Anthony, co-founder, Cleveland Votes

Mike Brickner, All Voting is Local Ohio State Director

 

Thursday, April 16

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT

League of Women Voters Ohio hosts Virtual Statehouse Day Event

Learn about the next steps in implementing anti-gerrymandering reforms that were passed by voters in 2015 and 2018, as well as ways to modernize Ohio’s voter registration system. More information can be found at the League of Women Voter Ohio website.