Since the early voting season got underway, advocacy groups have been fighting against a growing list of alleged suppression efforts by Republicans—much of it targeting African-Americans.
In the opening scene, Key says, “Hi. I’m Keegan-Michael Key, and I’m here to talk to you about the importance of…” Rock’s voice is heard in the background yelling, “Cut!” He pushes Key to cut to the chase because people already know his name.
Key tries again, rambling on about “efforts underway across America” to prevent “certain groups from voting.”
“What are the groups you’re talking about? New Kids on the Block? Spice Girls? ‘Groups?’” Rock asks.
Key explains that he’s talking about Black people.
“Well then say Black people!” Rock shouts.
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The GOP—fearful of the impending Democratic blue wave—was desperately using every trick in the book to retain control of Congress and state governments. Suppression efforts targeting Black voters have already been seen in Georgia, where Stacey Abrams could make history as the first African-American woman governor.
Voting rights advocates have been busy battling those efforts, including a lawsuit against Georgia election officials for the unusually high rate of absentee mail ballot rejections.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is one of the groups at the forefront of the battle. In addition to filing lawsuits and legal briefs on issues surrounding voting rights, the organization administers a hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE, year-round under the Election Protection coalition of advocacy groups.
The hotline is a resource for voters throughout the nation who want to report complaints or obtain information to facilitate voting. A team of trained legal volunteers will receive the calls and answer any questions.
In the video, Keys looks into the camera and informs viewers that they have a right to a provisional ballot if something goes wrong at the polls, such as poll workers unable to find their name on the voting rolls.