|Key Point: “DNC officials say the program, backed by a nearly $5 million initial investment, is the committee’s largest-ever registration push during a midterm election cycle.”
McClatchy: Democrats launch new effort to register voters of color for 2022 midterm elections
By Alex Roarty
Sept. 29, 2021
The Democratic National Committee launched a new program on Wednesday focused primarily on registering voters of color ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
DNC officials say the program, backed by a nearly $5 million initial investment, is the committee’s largest-ever registration push during a midterm election cycle.
“One thing I’ve learned is you can’t sit on your hands, and you can’t sit in the corner and say, ‘Woe is me,’” Harrison said. “You have to roll up your sleeves, tie up your boots, and get ready to do what’s necessary to put ourselves in a better position to win races.
“While we’re working through this process in D.C. in terms of legislation on the federal level, we have to do all we can do from the DNC’s perspective,” he added.
While the voter registration effort is national, Harrison said the DNC is mindful of states with key Senate elections in 2022. A DNC press release touting the new program specifically mentioned Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada, each of which is expected to have a competitive Senate race next year.
Harrison had previously announced a $20 million investment to begin broadly preparing for the 2022 campaign, in addition to a separate $25 million push to help people vote, including those who live in states with new restrictions on ballot access.
“We are constantly adding on top of the things that we already announced to make a stronger push for 2022,” Harrison said.