"That's my goal is to make sure everyone votes. That's always been my goal. This is what I do every election."
Perman Hardy has made it her mission over the last 25 years to get every single person in Lowndes County, AL to vote. In the 2017 special elcetion for Senate, Perman was driving all day. She estimates she drove 50 people to the polls in the predominantly African-American county, helping push Doug Jones to a dramatic victory.
After every election day, she maintains this momentum by helping college student register for absentee ballots and continuing outreach to the community by calling people individually. That's where you come in.
It's time for an upgrade
Perman has been conducting all of this outreach with her own time and money. She's been using a dated cell phone to make countless calls to potential voters. When we asked what she needed most to help her mission, she said, unequivocally, a new phone. We think she's overdue for a new iPhone 8 Plus ($799), as well as a cellular iPad ($449) so she can work on the go.
When does she need it?
Perman helped give us the gift of a compassionate, decent Senator for Christmas, so we'd like to return the favor. We're hoping to raise funds by December 20th to make sure she can unwrap her new phone for Christmas.
Who are you?
Jack and Tina are two strangers who met on the internet after discovering this incredible story profiling Perman. We're in contact with her via the author of the AL.com article, Connor Sheets. We're committed to making sure that every single penny raised through this GoFundMe gets to Perman in support of her inspiring activism.
Why voting rights?
So many people have fought so hard to make sure that every person in this democracy has the opportunity to be heard at the ballot box. Still, voting can be hard work. For many of the people in Perman's community, it can mean taking time off of a work shift or arranging a ride from a friend or neighbor who can drive. By supporting Perman, you're supporting a grassroots champion who is committed to breaking down these barriers. She crushed it in 2017 with a brick phone and an old SUV - just imagine what she can do when she has better tools.
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