INDEPENDENT POLITICAL GROUP LAUNCHES AN ONLINE INTERACTIVE VOTER EDUCATION SITE TARGETING BALLOT ISSUES
(BALTIMORE, MD -www.independentmovementpac.org - September 25, 2012) – With 6-weeks remaining until potentially one of the most important election cycles facing Marylanders, the Independent Movement Political Action Club/Committee (IMPAC) launched its ValueMyVote2012 series to educate area voters – many of whom are still unfamiliar with the multiple ballot questions facing the electorate. In what will be a historic election, as it will be the first time in Maryland history that some local jurisdictions will have more ballot questions than political offices to decide on; the group responsible for Question L on the Baltimore City ballots, plans to ensure the voters are duly registered, educated and mobilized by November 6th.
“It’s unprecedented to have so many ballot questions facing voters, especially when you have only a handful of elected offices on the ballot,” says Hassan Giordano, the group’s chairman and a local political commentator. “It seems as though most groups, organizations and media outlets have focused on the more polarizing statewide issues, while the local questions will have a more immediate and long term effect on the electorate,” that is why the group feels it imperative to launch the non-partisan, educational site.
IMPAC, the group responsible for last year’s successful Lower the Age Campaign, that pushed through another charter amendment authored by the group – that lowered the age for those seeking local office in Baltimore from 21 to 18; now seeks to have independent and third party voters appointed to local boards and commissions. The group, who launched the ValueMyVote series for the first time in 2011, witnessed thousands of viewers a day in the weeks leading up to the local Mayoral elections, as they provided one-on-one video interviews with each candidate seeking office, which gave the voter an opportunity to listen to each candidate’s platform, find their polling place and the closest early voting site – along with the dates and times of early voting and election day.
“The campaign was very successful last year, and this year we believe will be no different,” says campaign coordinator Tyeisha Downer. “In fact, with twenty ballot issues Baltimore City voters have to understand and vote on, along with Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Prince Georges Counties having quite a few; we believe the site will assist many who haven’t heard the real information behind such local measures.”
The group has also launched a daily voter registration drive, both online and throughout the Baltimore region, which offers onsite registration for those seeking to be involved in this year’s election before the October 16th deadline. “Most people have only been consumed with the Presidential election banter, yet are lost as to how to get registered – especially those formerly incarcerated who don’t know they may be eligible to vote this year,” says voter registration coordinator Joseph Armstead. The site, www.independentmovementpac.org, aims to provide voter registration, education and mobilization apps that make it easier for young and old voters alike. “REM is our acronym, and it isn’t a music group either. You’d be surprised how active people want to be if you actually engage them where they are – and then help lift them up to where they need to be,” says Armstead.
For more information on IMPAC and the interactive voter site, log on to the site at: www.independentmovement.org or you can contact Hassan Giordano, Chairman of IMPAC for group/campaign history, ballot questions and more at: email@example.com (#443.473.6401). For information about the group’s campaign, to request campaign signs, t-shirts and more you can contact campaign coordinator Tyeisha Downer at: firstname.lastname@example.org (#443.768.1557) or for information on voter registration events, contact Joseph Armstead at: email@example.com (#410.979.4267)