The Akron NAACP under the leadership of political action chair Lillie R. Jackson, and President of the Greater Akron Canton ABSW,  just completed PHASE ONE of the 2020 Get Out to Vote Campaign.

A Juneteenth virtual kick-off event spearheaded by your Akron NAACP brought together 20 organizations committed to registering voters.

Over 15 voter registration events and many volunteers registered in a short period of time over 600 individuals across Summit County.

Registered?  Now what? Plan your very important vote.

There are tools out there to help you know the candidates and the issues.

Summit County Board of Elections website, is an informative resource to track your absentee ballot and your mailed in vote.,  is an online tool where each voter can print a sample ballot.

The League of Women Voters 2020 Voter Guide has photos and a brief description of all the candidates. Click Here for the Voter Guide Print a sample ballot to expedite the voting process.

You have 3 Voting Options

  1. Early vote at the board of elections. Wear your mask and Take state-issued ID, like a driver’s license or a bill with your name and address along with your, sample ballot. Expect long lines, allow two hours, and be prepared for inclement weather. 
  2. Completed Absentee Ballot votes may be mailed or dropped off at the board of elections. If you did not receive your requested ballot you can go to the board of elections and vote BEFORE the November General Election Day. 
  3. Vote at your local polling location on Election Day. Wear your mask and take your sample ballot.

Lillie R. Jackson NAACP GOTV Chair says, “In these unprecedented times of our democracy we must plan our vote to ensure we are being counted.  As an Elderly activist, I believe ‘we shall not be moved’.

People who are elderly, physically challenged or people on medications should eat a meal, take you prescribed medications, social distance, be calm, and bring a small chair,  dress accordingly for the weather, and VOTE by any means necessary.”

Lillie would also like to extend personal thanks to the wonderful AkronVotes 2020 planning team comprised of members from the Divine 9: Black Sororities and Fraternities, United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 100 Black Men, Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio, and The League of Women Voters.

Your local NAACP will again coordinate rides to the polls and transport individuals needing to drop off absentee ballots. Give us a call at 330-573-4986 if you need a ride.


Judi Hill

President, Akron NAACP


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