Left to right: Anastasia Lowery, Ariel Hunt, Tabatha Brown, Sherry Adams, and Nakia Mack. 

This post was originally published on Afro

By Tashi McQueenaqw

Advocacy organizations are feverishly working to equip voters with the information necessary to be efficient and effective voters this year. Noticeably making change on the grassroots level are the women of Black Girls Vote (BGV).

Less than two weeks remain ahead of Election Day on Nov. 8. and BGV representatives are meeting residents in community spaces across Baltimore to encourage the Black vote amongst men and women.

BGV is a nonpartisan organization created to represent the concerns and interests of Black women. They invest in empowering Black women to advance economic development, education, and healthcare.

Throughout its existence, BGV has encouraged young women and girls to become a voice in the political landscape through the power of the vote. This month, the AFRO caught up with five members of the organization as they registered voters and answered questions about the voting process at Freedom Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in South Baltimore. Below are three things BGV would like to encourage all eligible voters to do ahead of Election Day: 

Do the research, and know the platforms

Black Girls Vote believes it is vital for voters to know who they are voting for and what they are voting on. They suggest voters do the research before Election Day so they can make informed decisions and weigh in on topics with background information in mind. 

“It is imperative we get out and vote so we don’t go backward,” said Sherry Adams, BGV outreach lead. “Citizens should know that voting is for the people.”

Adams recommends researching the questions that will appear on the ballot before voting. Several questions this year could significantly impact policy for elected offices in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Questions on the Baltimore City ballot address term limits for a number of city government positions. Voters across the state will also weigh in on the legalization of recreational marijuana for those 21 and up. 

“The governor is like the president of Maryland,” said Anastasia Lowery, a BGV volunteer and election judge. “If you have issues in Maryland, you need to be aware of who you’re voting for because your governor, mayor and state’s attorney are your first line of defense.”

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