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why we vote

Mississippi Votes is an organization of intergenerational synergy centering and led by young people invested in the progression of Mississippi. We do this through our programming and outreach strategies that empowers young people, encourages civic engagement, and educates communities on voting rights through place-based grassroots organizing.

our vision

Our vision is to cultivate a culture of civic engagement throughout the state of Mississippi.

donate
We are a nonprofit organization always open to the donations of those individuals who are just as passionate about the importance of voting as we are.

volunteer
Come out and help create an awareness of the significance of voting in the U.S. and more importantly in the state of MS. Help us to make a positive difference.

sponsor
Do you have an organization rooted in the values of increasing civic engagement throughout the state of Mississippi? Sponsor an event for Mississippi Votes to host in conjunction with your organization!

our team

arekia s. bennett
Executive Director
arekia@msvotes.org

jess manriquez
Volunteer Coordinator

our partners

Approach & Methodology

our programs

Youth Civic Engagement
campus ambassador fellows
Mississippi Votes’ Campus Ambassador Program is designed to bridge the gap between college students and civic engagement. Each of our Campus Ambassadors works closely with their local community leaders and existing campus organizations to register and turn out students to vote, host political education forums, and other initiatives designed to foster a sense of civic engagement among their peers.

Through the MS Votes Campus Ambassador program, students at Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, Millsaps College, Jackson State University, East Central Community College, Tougaloo College, and Alcorn State University, can apply to be Mississippi Votes Campus Ambassadors by applying to become a Davis Democracy Fellow or a Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) Fellow.

Voter Services

This program encompasses a set of political education forums designed to engage first time voters and returning citizens; as well as seasoned voters on upcoming issues. The voter services program also provides a wide array voter protection services for election days.

how to apply

Potential Campus Ambassadors

If you attend the University of Mississippi, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Alcorn State University, East Central Community College or Tougaloo College, you can apply to become a Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)

If you attend University of Southern Mississippi (two spots at USM), Millsaps, or Jackson State University, you can apply to become a Davis Democracy

Applications for the Davis Democracy Fellowship are closed.

Community Tools
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Research
coming soon!

voter’s word of the day:

absentee voting

a vote cast by a person who has been permitted to vote by mail; a good option to vote with if you have too many things on your plate to actually get down to the precinct. Reasons usually include being absent from your usual voting district, illness, or inability to access the usual polling place.

october, 2018

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