The NAACP, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA), North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance (NONA) and the North Omaha Voter Participation Project have formed a coalition with the mission of increasing voter participation in North Omaha.
Recent turnout in the Omaha municipal election demonstrated the need for such an effort.
Turnout in North Omaha in the 2013 Mayor and City Council Election was a disappointing 13% and followed by 23% in the General.
Not only were the turnouts dismal, but also exposed the 10 to 12point negative gap between the turnout in the rest of Omaha and that of North Omaha.
The coalition believes that there is a need for an intensive comprehensive long term effort to increase voter participation.
That effort will focus on educational development for North Omaha voters, Leadership, candidates and youth. The coalition will conduct workshops, seminars, forums, town hall meetings and produce regular communications to the North Omaha community. The effort will also include the development of potential north Omaha candidates and the promotion of north Omahan's to run for all available elective offices.
The first actions of the coalition will be to:
1. Conduct a survey of north Omaha residents as to their reasons for not voting and seeking input as to what would affect change.
2. Host a Town Hall meeting July 16th at the Love jazz and Art center (24th & Lake) at 6PM
North Omaha Voter Coalition
NAACP (Vickie Young 402-345-6227)
IMA (Pastor Michael T Williams 402-679-3737)
NONA (Terri Miller 402-457-7848)
Voter Project (Preston Love Jr. 402-812-3324)