SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield’s NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) chapter met over the weekend to elect new board members for the local chapter.

This included newly elected Vice President Dee Ogilvy, shared with Ozarks First the organization’s goals for the new administration.

Voter registration and voter education are a priority for the new administration.

“My focus is usually on voter registration and voter education,” said Ogilvy. “Voter education and voter registration have always been one of the keystones of the NAACP nationally and in Missouri. We’ve really got to work on that.”

Ogilvy says new laws regarding voter ID offer challenges for the group.

“We put some really bad laws into effect as far as voter ID and voter registration, and we have really gone backward in Missouri and nationally in the right to vote because of the new Missouri voting laws.”

“We did not get as many people registered this year as we did the year before but … we’re already working on some voter registration drives that will happen before the April municipal elections,” said Ogilvy.

While voter registration is a big focus for the Springfield chapter, the new administration will meet to look at more issues to tackle.

“So when we meet in January for our retreat, then we will make a list of our priorities. And that’s where we’ll get new ideas if anybody has new things they would like us to focus on,” said Ogilvy.

“We will have to narrow it down to three or four major priorities and will try to work on all the things that we come up with on the list.” 

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