Since the end of Reconstruction, voter suppression has been a tool of white supremacy in the South.
With new political maps in place that are likely to limit the Black vote, we face more of the same in the 2022 election. That's why Scalawag and Anoa Changa are teaming back up for a new podcast series covering Southern communities working to drive change at the ballot box and beyond.
Southern organizers know the monumental challenges their communities face. Through micro-interventions, these groups are providing a home base for community members to feel connected and supported as they take on entrenched power systems.
In the new 2022 season of As The South Votes, we talk about what's working, what's not, and what lessons Southern organizers have learned in their efforts to make the region we love a more just place.
Listen to the episodes:
Catching up with Mississippi Votes about what it means to organize young leaders to shift the balance of power in a state still combating deeply entrenched white supremacist power.Listen to the episode.
Putting redistricting in context, with a spotlight on the legal challenges to some highly questionable maps that have been allowed to go into effect for the upcoming election.Listen to the episode.
Organizers in Texas and Florida share what it means to build power outside of traditional electoral campaigns.Listen to the episode.
Groups that employ continued, year-round civic engagement in the South walk us through the connection between electoral power and creating real opportunities for our communities to thrive.Listen to the episode.
Follow along with live-updated maps for all U.S. House and Senate midterm elections by state—and check out Scalawag's deeper reporting about voting, electoral justice, and organizing in the South.
If you want to get involved with electoral action, As The South Votes is the resource you need, whether you're just getting started or have been on the frontlines for years.
Together, we can expand who thinks of themselves as an organizer, and build collective power across the South. Sign up for our weekly newsletter to join us in this work.
Activists across Kentucky organized voters against an amendment that would have prevented a right to abortion or abortion funds in the state constitution. In illustration, meet three folks who were part of the movement to defeat Amendment 2.
While the county might remain an uphill battle for Republicans, North Carolina as a whole is a political toss-up.
For all the debate on how young voters will show up in 2022, there's a mismatch between campaigns to engage them and their experiences organizing for reproductive justice on the ground.
Texas Organizing Project rallies its 285,000 members to keep momentum with some 6 million voters in the state's most populated counties between election cycles.
Florida Rising is empowering organizers and redirecting resources to address government failings and shift the balance of power across the state.
Mississippi Votes invests in year-round community-building to build momentum for long-term political change.
This series is made possible with the support of the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.
Tools & more reporting:
What role does disinformation play in aiding or furthering voter suppression? "Those who are most susceptible to disinformation are the ones with the most at stake."
How can we work to help more rural voters get engaged this cycle? "If we had enough voting power in our metro areas, we would already be living in the kind of state we want to live in."
Many voters—and organizers—are critical of the Biden/Harris ticket, but don't have a good alternative to offer. Is that voter suppression? How do we combat this specific kind of disillusionment?
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis met calls to defund the police with an expansion of police power to crack down on protests.
A decades-old debate over whether to keep a bust of the former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard in Tennessee's State Capitol sparks a new law excavating the South's racist history with voter suppression.
A full two decades since we collectively learned about hanging chads, the language around elections is more confusing than ever.
Revisit videos from As the south votes 2020:
Voter suppression reporting and urgent information for voters in Southern states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Walking through common questions around the upcoming November 2020 election, and issues with the postal service around absentee ballots. How to cast your ballot, send in a mail-in ballot, find resources for voting in person, avoid voter intimidation at the polls, and what to do when someone tries to keep you from voting. Investigating racist laws and providing tools and strategies for underserved and marginalized communities.