BlackPAC, LCV Victory Fund, United Steelworkers Assisting NC Voters With Ballot Curing

Contact: Emily Samsel, emily_samsel@lcv.org, 828-713-9647

Raleigh, NC — The New American Jobs Fund (a joint effort between LCV Victory Fund and the United Steelworkers’ USW Works) and BlackPAC have started a ballot curing effort to follow up with North Carolina voters whose mail-in ballots are rejected by the board of elections to ensure their votes are counted. BlackPAC and the Jobs Fund’s field teams are contacting these voters and urging them to respond to their board of elections and correct any issues with their ballot or vote in person so that their vote is counted.

The effort began Friday, following the N.C. State Board of Elections’ announcement that county boards of elections should resume ballot curing and “immediately begin reaching out to voters with problems with their absentee ballots.” The curing process had been on hold in North Carolina since October 4.

“We are proud to partner with BlackPAC and the USW Works on this ballot curing effort because every eligible North Carolina voter should have their voice heard and their vote counted,” said Megan Jacobs, National Campaigns Director, LCV Victory Fund. “Due to the coronavirus and health concerns, more people are voting absentee than ever before — we need to work extra hard this year to ensure every eligible vote is counted accurately.”

“In North Carolina, the massive surge in enthusiasm for voting by mail reflects both the enthusiasm on the ground for the Biden-Harris ticket and backlash to blatant attempts to suppress the Black vote in the state,” said Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC. “BlackPAC has been proud to partner with LCV Victory Fund and USW Works to build an infrastructure to contact voters whose ballots have been rejected and let them know their options for curing their ballot. We are committed to calling or knocking on the door of every voter whose ballot has been rejected to make sure their vote is properly cast and counted.”

Separately, LCV Victory Fund also has ballot curing efforts underway in Maine and Florida where field teams are contacting voters via phone and text to ensure their votes count. These efforts are part of LCV Victory Fund’s $13.6 million Get Out The Vote program to educate and mobilize voters in 11 key states — especially historically underrepresented communities including voters of color and young voters.

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Paid for by BlackPAC, www.blackpac.org, and New American Jobs Fund, www.newamericanjobsfund.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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