Reclaim Our Vote (ROV) is a non-partisan outreach campaign organized by the Center for Common Ground that is reaching out to millions of voters of color in voter-suppression states, to make sure they are able to vote in upcoming elections.
These citizens have been removed from voter rolls simply because they haven't voted recently, or through other techniques designed to suppress the vote of legitimate voters. ROV is working to re-register them and to make sure they are able to vote. Voters of color are have been placed on “Inactive” or “Unregistered” lists at a 16% higher rate than white voters. They have also been more impacted by strict new voter ID laws, by the reduction in polling places and early voting, and through many other tactics. According to the Public Religion Research Institute there is evidence of deep structural barriers to the ballot for black and Latino voters, Voter suppression is commonplace, and that voting is routinely harder for people of color than for their white counterparts.
In 2017, ROV was instrumental in the significantly increased turnout by voters of color in the Virginia statewide elections and the Alabama Senate special election. ROV helped increase African American voter turnout in the rural counties of Alabama by approximately 35%. In 2018, ROV in partnership with Black Voters Matter made nearly 500,000 calls to de-registered voters to ensure they had the opportunity to re-register. Canvassing teams followed up with those who could not be reached by phone. ROV also provided transportation to the polls.