FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 file photo, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Derrick…
In this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 file photo, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Derrick Johnson faces reporters during a news conference in Boston.

WASHINGTON - The NAACP, the largest U.S. civil rights organization, is launching a drive ahead of November's presidential election to boost Black voter turnout in six key states, it said on Tuesday. 

The initiative aims to enlist the services of about 200,000 "high-propensity" Black voters, or people who turned out to vote in a high number of recent local, state and presidential elections. 

Those voters, in turn, will seek to mobilize so-called "low-frequency" Black voters - people who were registered to vote, but who had not voted in the most recent election cycle or several election cycles -- in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

The goal is to increase Black turnout by more than 5% compared to 2016. That year, Black voter turnout declined for the first time in 20 years, according to the Pew Research Center

"We've seen the outcome of when we have a drop in voter activity in the Black community," said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. 

"We have racism germinating from the White House," he said, stressing the urgency of getting African American voters to the polls. 

The voter turnout initiative comes during a national reckoning on race after a summer of nationwide protests sparked by the killing of African American George Floyd by a police officer. A majority of Americans said they were sympathetic with the protests, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll in June. 

Earlier on Tuesday, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden selected Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate in the 2020 election, the first Black woman to appear on the presidential ticket for a major party. 

Biden will face off against President Donald Trump, who has often publicly stated that he has done more for African Americans than previous presidents. Polling has found his approval rating among Black Americans remains low. 

What Happens Next?

What It Means to Become President-Elect in the US

In the United States, Democrat Joe Biden is being called the president-elect.

President-elect is a descriptive term not an official office. As such, Biden has no power in the government, and he would not until he is inaugurated at noon on January 20, 2021.

American news networks, which track all of the vote counting, determined on November 7 that Biden’s lead had become insurmountable in Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 electoral votes needed to be president. Within minutes of determining his lead was mathematically assured, they projected him as the winner.

That is why news organizations, including VOA, are calling Biden the "projected winner."

Sometimes, in the case of particularly close elections, when news networks make this call, the other candidate does not concede victory. President Donald Trump has not done so, alleging voter fraud without substantial evidence and vowing to fight on. The president’s position has left Washington lawmakers divided, with Republicans backing a legal inquiry into allegations of vote fraud, even as they celebrate other congressional lawmakers who won their races.

When will the dispute be resolved?

The U.S. election won’t be officially certified for weeks. In the meantime, court challenges and state recounts could occur.

So far, the Trump administration has not provided evidence for any fraud that could overturn the result, but there is still time for more legal challenges.

Once states have certified the vote, pledged electors then cast their votes in the Electoral College in mid-December. Congress then certifies the overall Electoral College result in early January, about two weeks before Inauguration Day.