For Immediate Release: December 10, 2022
NEW ORLEANS, LA— Today, December 10, 2022, is runoff election day and polling locations across the state will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Throughout the day, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ) will be providing rides to the polls, voter protection services, and other information and support to people across Louisiana. Everyone will have something on the ballot, including three important constitutional amendments and some local positions.
“Every election is important, and each year the stakes are raised. We’ve been working with partners to educate voters about what the Public Service Commissioner does and how this position impacts national climate goals, but also public utilities that are needed in the day-to-day life of everyone. Someone who holds that much power should be accountable to the people they serve. In order for everyone to vote with confidence, voters need to understand what that candidate does and where they stand on important issues,” said Ashley Shelton, CEO of PCEJ. “Additionally, we are encouraging a “No” vote on Amendment One because we recognize it as an effort to preempt. It is a measure we don’t find necessary at this time.”
PCEJ has taken a stance on all three of the amendments voters will see on the ballot. Voters are more likely to vote down the ballot when they understand what they are voting for. PCEJ has worked, since its inception, to educate and empower voters. Some of the work the organization does is standard around each and every election. Voters can anticipate rides to the polls and operational offices on runoff election day in major cities like New Orleans, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Alexandria. To support the work PCEJ does to move voters to the polls on election days, the organization activates volunteers to canvass, text and phone bank, and provide election protection services with core partner Legal Defense Fund (NAACP LDF).
PCEJ will also be hosting simultaneous giveaway and educational events in New Orleans East, Baton Rouge and Alexandria. The organization is also working in coalition with partners like Black Voters Matter and Decarcerate Slave State to host a voting rally and caravan event in Shreveport. These events are a way to give back to the community and encourage voter engagement.
Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ) is dedicated to supporting and coordinating civic and voter engagement across Louisiana. We are guided by values of justice and racial equity and work with our partners to build an integrated civic engagement strategy that amplifies the voices of those who have historically been ignored, and organize them into a unified movement. PCEJ focuses on building power in traditionally marginalized communities, particularly Black and Brown communities, by equipping people with the knowledge and information they need to find their voice and learn where and when to use it.