Welcome to The Center for Common Ground, a non-partisan, people of color-led voting rights organization. Our mission is to empower underrepresented voters to fully participate in elections.
Since 2018 we have been fighting voter suppression, one voter at a time, with phonebanking, texting, postcarding and election watch campaigns. With the help of our partner organizations and thousands of volunteers, we provide voter education about issues such as checking registration status, accessing voting tools and locations, and contacting local registrars or boards of elections. Under-served communities in states known for voter suppression require voter services that include: registration, Photo ID review, rides to the polls or to pick up Photo ID, and accurate information on Restoration of Rights for Returning Citizens.
Within voting lies the power to make change. To end voter suppression we must understand whose vote is being suppressed, why it is being suppressed and by whom; and what avenues exist to fight it. Voters need to learn how national, state and local policy and politics impact their communities, where their elected officials stand, and what can be done to create needed change.
Between elections, we teach voters to engage with elected officials and become citizen advocates. Traditional candidate campaigns tend to appear weeks prior to an election and leave shortly thereafter, focusing on urban/suburban voters but leaving rural communities of color behind. Our various campaigns work to fill those gaps and deepen democracy and electoral justice for all.
We partner with local on-the-ground organizations in our target states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. We also build technology tools to help empower local communities and organizing networks long after elections are over.