Vote Your Future - November 2023

About the GOTV Campaign

NMAC’s Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign is a direct response  to the growing political disengagement of young people, the impact of voting on sustaining the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative, and increased voter suppression laws affecting people of color.

The campaign aims to educate the HIV community, encourage voter turnout among marginalized communities, and collaborate with other movement-related organizations. Key groups targeted for the GOTV campaign include people of color with a focus on youth aged 18-35 years, people living with HIV (PLWH), and their allies.

How can you get involved with GOTV

  1. Verify you are registered to vote. Even if you believe you are registered to vote in your state, it is essential to verify your registration status. Visit https://www.vote411.org/check-registration to check your voter registration status.
  2. Register to vote. Check voter registration deadlines for your state and register to vote at https://www.vote411.org/select-state. The website will provide information on voter registration deadlines, the last day to request an absentee ballot, when and where early voting opens, identification requirements to vote, and more.
  3. Educate yourself on what is on the ballot. Registering to vote is not enough; we must know what is on our ballots and what is at stake for our community. Visit https://www.vote411.org/ballot to find sample ballots and the candidates up for election. Research further into each candidate to see their campaign websites, interviews they have done, online ads, speeches, and debates to see where they stand on policy issues important to you. Check if each candidate has forums and other events near you.
  4. Spread the word. Share the above links with your friends, families, and community members to ensure they are registered to vote. Use the hashtag #YourVoteYourFuture on social media to share your stories and encourage others to vote.

Why do we need GOTV now?

  • Young people are becoming increasingly disengaged and uninterested in the choices presented to them for the 2024 US Presidential election. According to the new Axios-Generation Lab poll, 58% of young voters between 18 and 35 are unsure if they will participate in the November election.1Pandey, E. (2024, February 18). 2024 election is Groundhog Day for disillusioned young voters. Axios. With the youth making up nearly 40 million of the voting electorate in 2024, we MUST empower young people. Empowering and engaging young people is essential as they are leaders with fresh and diverse perspectives that will shape the future of our country.
  • The Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative: A Plan for America is a federal initiative announced in 2019 to reduce the number of new HIV infections by 75% by 2025 and at least 90% by 2030.2 Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, HHS. (2023, December 4). EHE Overview. HHS. We need funding for our federal HIV programs to end the HIV epidemic. It’s critical for people living with HIV, their allies, and the communities most affected by the epidemic to be well-informed about their voting rights and what’s on their ballots for local, state, and federal races.
  • Racial voter turnout rates have widened since 2012.3Morris, K., & Garage. C. (2024, January 18) Growing Racial Disparities in Voter Turnout, 2008–2022. Brennan Center for Justice. The 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder suspended section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which required jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination to obtain federal approval before changing their voting rules.4Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 529 (2013). Nearly 100 restrictive voting laws have passed in 29 states since the 2013 Supreme Court decision.5Voting Laws roundup: 2023 in review. (n.d.). Brennan Center for Justice. Voter suppression laws have a significant negative impact on people of color, deterring many of them from voting when more barriers are in place. There is strength in numbers when people of color mobilize and vote; the 2020 and 2022 elections are proof of that. We must mobilize people of color so their voices are heard.
Join us in the fight for equity, justice, and progress for all on November 5, 2024. The future is in your vote.

Who should get involved with GOTV?

    • People of Color with a focus on youth between 18 – 35 years
    • People Living with HIV
    • Allies of people impacted by HIV
  1. The Vote MobilizerNMAC wants to reach audiences beyond HIV organizations, PLWH, and their allies. The same threats affecting the fight to end the HIV epidemic are the same threats that affect the rights, health, and well-being of an array of diverse communities.We want to collaborate with nationwide movement organizations to increase voter turnout and address the intersectoral legal and political threats confronting diverse movements. These organizations/partners include the National Action Network, HBCUs, Human Rights Campaign, Advocates for Youth, LGTBQ+ Task Force, LGTBQ+ Victory Fund, and the National Urban League.

If you are interested in mobilizing with NMAC, please contact Toni Newman or Destiny Pearson.

GOTV Campaign Objectives

  1. Educate the HIV community with nonpartisan federal and state election information to ensure interested voters have the information they need to successfully participate in the 2024 election.
  2. Encourage voter turnout and engagement among young people of color, people living with HIV,  and their allies through social media.
  3. Collaborate with other movement-related organizations to enhance our abilities to reach underrepresented populations and marginalized communities.

How GOTV was created

NMAC’s GOTV initiative emerged from discussions of 2024 priorities during the NMAC Coalition for Justice and Equality first annual meeting in 2023.

This meeting, held in Marina Del Rey, California, in October 2023 hosted over 40 national organizations to discuss their priorities for 2024. Coalition partners agreed that one common goal was to focus on get-out-to-vote efforts for the 2024 Presidential election. We all agreed that the 2024 election is pivotal for our democracy because our human rights, health, and well-being are on the line.

2024 Coalition Event

This year’s Annual Coalition Meeting will be held from November 13 to November 16 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Caribe Hilton resort. This year’s theme is: Where Do We Go From Here After the 2024 Election? Coalition partners will mobilize to discuss action steps and strategies after the 2024 presidential election.

Contact the GOTV Team

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Toni Newman

Director
Coalition for Equality and Justice Across Movement, NMAC
tnewman@nmac.org

Destiny Pearson

Destiny Pearson

Program Coordinator
Coalition for Equality and Justice Across Movement, NMAC
dpearson@nmac.org