Reclaim Our Vote is a campaign of the Center for Common Ground a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of the Reclaim Our Vote campaign is to empower under-represented voters to fully participate in elections. To support that mission we provide voter education on how to monitor voter registration status, find voting locations (vote centers, dropboxes and voting precincts) as well as county contacts for local boards of elections or registrars.
We also build technology to empower local communities long after elections are over.
Center for Common Ground Board Members are both activists and non-profit executives with decades of experience mobilizing and educating under-served and under-represented communities. We have a working board that is active in the day to day operations.
Andrea Miller is Founding Board Member, Executive Director, People Demanding Action, Founding President, National Women’s Political Caucus of Virginia, Founding Tri-Chair Virginia Poor People’s Campaign and a member of the Democracy and Governance working group of the Virginia Green New Deal. Andrea is an IT and Political Director, a digital and elections strategist. She designs and administers digital phonebanks and texting programs. From 2013 to 2015 she led the Progressive Round Table on Capitol Hill bringing together members of Congress, activists and non-profit leaders. Her expertise is in voting rights, climate and the Equal Rights Amendment. She has successfully advocated for legislation on both the Federal and State level. In 2008 she was the Democratic nominee for the Virginia 4th Congressional district.
Dr. Lemus is President of Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, CEO Revolution Strategies US. In September 2013, Dr. Lemus became President and Executive Director of both Progressive Congress and the Progressive Congress Action Fund. She served as Senior Adviser to Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Director of the Office of Public Engagement from 2009-2013. She was the first woman Executive Director at the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) from 2007-2009, first woman and Labor leader to chair the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) from 2008-2009. At LCLAA, she co-founded the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC) in 2006, which later evolved into GreenLatinos and was a founding Commissioner for the Commission to Engage African-Americans on Climate Change (CEAAC).
An ordained Baptist minister, he is co-founder of Faith in Solar and Alliance of Moral Progressives. He is former Assistant Project Director with the Leadership Development Programs of the Congress of National Black Churches, the former director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School, and is currently Associate Professor of Bible (Charlotte Campus). Dr. Sadler is the Director of the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation on the Charlotte campus. Rodney Sadler's teaching experience includes courses in biblical languages, Old and New Testament interpretation, wisdom literature in the Bible, the history and religion of ancient Israel, and African American biblical interpretation. His first authored book, Can A Cushite Change His Skin? An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Othering in the Hebrew Bible, was published in 2005.
Deepak is the co-founder of Democracy Labs, a non-profit that connects progressive groups with free and affordable solutions to run better campaigns. DemLabs works closely with grassroots groups to identify their needs, finds the best solution to meet those needs and then widely sharing how to use those new tools. Deepak is an engineer and Silicon Valley veteran, with three software patents with fifteen years experience at Netscape, Oracle and VMware. Deepak and his team developed Text PerCent a peer to peer texting tool for community groups, Vote Force a relational texting tool available for both Apple and Android users. Deepak leads the IT team at Center for Common Ground.
Kati is the co-founder and Director of VoteEqualityUS a nationwide, nonpartisan, grassroots effort to ensure the 28th Amendment (Equal Rights) is added to the Constitution. Prior to running VoteEqualityUS she ran VAratifyERA, Virginia’s campaign that achieved Virginia’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in January, 2020. Her efforts are driven by her own life’s experiences, the interest of her two children in correcting the purposeful, historical exclusion of women from our Constitution, and the hope that incarcerated women will one day have a new tool in their legal toolbox to challenge gender discrimination by the government. Kati is committed to advancing all forms of equality and believes voter suppression is the major factor in elected officials advancing discriminatory policies and laws.
Reclaim Our Vote has sent than 6.4 million postcards to voters for voter registration, Permanent Early Voting List, Pledge to Vote and GOTV. Our postcard campaign has expanded to from 800 postcards a week to 500,000 postcards per week. We have developed our own line of racially-inspiring postcards and provide them at a reasonable price through our on-line postcard store. We have created training videos and a large collection of of other information writing postcards to under-represented voters.
Visit our postcard store: https://reclaimourvote.go.customprintcenter.com/
We began phone banking in 2016 in Virginia and in 2017 worked the Virginia state elections as well as the Alabama Special Senate election. In the Alabama campaign our volunteers made 43,000 phone calls to the Alabama Black Belt in nine days; 85% of the people we called in Alabama voted.
So far in 2020 we have made more than 1,000,000 phone calls to our eight target states (Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas). We offer office hours twice a week to provide training for new phone bankers and/or postcard writers. Every Tuesday we run a National Phonebank to give phone bankers the opportunity to be updated on what happened last week, share tips and tricks and get inspired about making calls to our voters.
Our outreach to rural voters uses billboards. When there is no cell phone service or few phone numbers, billboards on main rural routes let voters know when and where they can vote.
In March 2020 we rolled out our own Text Per Cent program which allows us to send text messages for 1 penny per text rather than 10 cents. We incorporated our "Vote Center Finder" which we believe has created a "best of breed" program.
In the Georgia primary we worked in Richmond county and 6 other Black Belt counties. We deployed a phone "bot" we developed for absentee voting problem reporting, provided phone-banking support walking people through Vote by Mail, and provided Early Voting locations. We rolled out our texting program the week before the primary texting people a map of Early Voting and Dropbox locations statewide.
Protect our election by reporting voting problems in the following areas:
- Voter registration
- Ballot problems
- Voting machine problem
- Voter intimidation
- Moved/closed polling locations
Incidents are reviewed and then posted on a national map.