Read a PDF of our statement here.

As part of an ambitious effort to build enthusiasm for Election Day 2022, the non-profit Voter Participation Center (VPC) and the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) are teaming up to mail 102,509 voter registration applications to eligible Black Mississippi citizens this month to encourage participation in our democracy on Tuesday, November 8th.

“Democracy cannot be strong and secure without informed, engaged, and active citizens,” said LDF President and Director-Counsel Janai S. Nelson. “That’s why we’re proud to join with our partners at VPC to encourage Black Mississippians to make sure that everyone in their home who is eligible is registered to vote at their current address.”

Tom Lopach, President and CEO of the Voter Participation Center: “VPC is proud to partner with LDF in Mississippi to help make voting as accessible as possible for Mississippians. We share the important mission of removing barriers to the ballot box for those who have been historically underrepresented or disenfranchised in our democracy. VPC and LDF will keep working together to ensure that all Mississippians can make their voices heard on Election Day and beyond.”

The letters state that “Registering to vote is simple!” and “all you have to do is fill it, sign it, mail it.” 

VPC and LDF are directly mailing voters the official national voter registration form. By filling out the voter registration application, voters can ensure they have an opportunity to vote on or before Election Day on Tuesday, November 8. 

The voter registration applications are part of an ongoing effort by VPC and LDF to help register and turn out eligible voters in Mississippi. As Election Day nears, VPC and LDF also will be engaging Mississippians through online programming. 


The Voter Participation Center is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2003 to help members of the New American Majority register and vote. Since then, the organization has helped more than 5.7 million people register and cast ballots.

Founded in 1940, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is the nation’s first civil rights law organization. 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 Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Please note that 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.