Know How to Vote + NAACP = Empowered Voters

Know How To Vote + NAACP

A little while ago I told you about Know How To Vote, a simple way to get early & absentee voting information for your state from your cell phone or computer built by my web development company, Opportunity Technology.

In partnership with the NAACP Civic Engagement efforts, Know How To Vote will be a key part of their Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort. I am very excited to be a part of this effort in an official capacity, and to specifically help the NAACP’s new President & CEO Ben Jealous integrate new media, new technology, and new strategies to achieving realizing the vision of the organization:

To ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.

I look forward to working with the NAACP and all other groups that share this vision in the future.

One Love. One II.


About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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