Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

Verone Bernard was a political science major and economics minor at Howard University by way of Boston, MA. She was a 2013 YP4 Fellow and an intern with the YP4 Fellowship Program from September 2013-April 2014. As a Fellow, she worked to improve dialogue at Howard University around women’s rights and reproductive health, civic engagement opportunities, and other progressive causes. Supporting YP4’s collaborative projects, she organized Howard’s campaign on Money in Elections. Her Blueprint sought to serve as a resource to individuals who needed a refresher regarding their civic rights. From reproductive justice to voter identification laws, to laws that deal with law enforcement, Verone hopes to provide creative programming and a mobile application that gives a state-by-state analysis of the law, provide resources for counsel, and connect users with ways to report individuals when their rights were violated.


Phone: Know Your Rights Mobile Application Through her Blueprint, Verone is developing a mobile application that will serve as a resource to individuals who need a refresher about their rights. From reproductive justice rights to voter identification laws, the application will give a state by state analysis of the laws in question. It will also provide a feature for users to document instances in which individuals attempt to violate their rights as a way of exposing corrupt police officers and helping to address issues surrounding racial profiling. Verones goal is for every smart phone to have this application downloaded on to it and for people to use it as a reference similar to Google when they are unsure of what their rights are.