Black Voter Empowerment campaign kicks off in Toledo

Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 4:51 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - With the 2022 elections quickly approaching the Ohio Unity Coalition, a state affiliate of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation calls it a critical time to express the importance of voting. That is why the organization kicked off the Black Voter Empowerment campaign.

Anita Madison, Toledo Coordinator for the Ohio Unity Coalition, said the community’s voice is louder when people come together.

“Understand that every aspect is controlled by the election process in the political landscape here across the country,” said Madison. “Coming together and being empowered to make your voice heard is so vitally important.”

“They say the one that makes the most noise gets the most attention. We need to make a noise in our community. We’ve been left behind and deprived of basic services that our community needs,” said Pastor Michael Key, of People’s Missionary Baptist Church, one of the organization’s partners.

Pete Tally, Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition on Black Civic Participation, according to her political involvement in the community needs some work.

“The last time we saw really great participation, Barack Obama was on the ballot. Well, he’s been off the ballot now for 12 years. We have to make sure that the participation that black voters engaged in when he was on the ballot, we have to continue that participation,” said Tally.

The Ohio Unity Coalition tells 13abc they are here to help anyone educate themselves on voting and to help them register to vote just visit the location at 2903 Dorr Street in Toledo.

Key dates to remember:

July 5, 2022 - Deadline to register to vote in the August 2nd Primary Election

July 6, 2022 - Early voting begins for Primary Election

August 2, 2022 - Primary Election

August 3, 2022 - Voter Registration to vote in the general election begins

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