Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), sent a letter to the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections urging him to add additional early voting sites and drop boxes in Black communities. Over 3,500 Black residents in the Woodland Heights/Goulding neighborhood, the heart of Pensacola’s Black community, lack access to an early voting site or a drop box. In the Lincoln Park/Ensley community, over 3,300 Black residents have to travel over an hour away for access to a ballot drop box.
We are in the midst of the 2020 election. It is important to take these commonsense and nonpartisan steps to guarantee that all of Escambia’s Black voters have access to early voting sites and drop box locations, and to ensure that voters are not forced to choose between their health and their fundamental right to vote.
Read our full letter here.
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization. LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.