Rev. Tony Minor, Advocacy Director at LMM, was the Master of Ceremony for our successful National Voter Registration Day event. We registered or changed the address of 17 individuals, and a few requested an absentee ballot. We heard from State Representative Mike Foley and County Councilman Dale Miller who both worked to motivate the crowd to vote. Natoya Walker Minor represented Mayor Frank Jackson at the event. All brought the message that it is critical for everyone to participate in Democracy.
Walker Minor talked about the judicial races in Cleveland and the County that don't receive a lot of attention, but have a profound impact on the life of residents. She talked about how important the judicial branch of government is to the community and we select our judges through a vote in November. Mike Foley talked about how every vote matters with his first election as an example. Mike won by a handful of votes that took two months to conduct a recount of the votes. He is thankful for every vote because of his close election for State Representative.
Dale Miller talked about the importance of voting and the changes in the law that are making it harder to participate. He talked about and answered questions about some of the ballot issues that we vote on in November. The State leaders have made it difficult for low income people to vote, and everyone talked about how important it was to cast a ballot because of all the blood spilled to earn the right to vote for women and minorities in the United States. We urged people to complete a voter registration card if they had changed residences since they last voted.
September 23 was National Voter Registration Day and we celebrated at 2100 Lakeside Shelter. We had the four community leaders on hand to talk to homeless people and eight volunteers registering people to vote. There are only two weeks left to register people to vote. We are urging early voting for homeless people who often have issues with maintaining identification. We are going to help homeless people get over to vote during Golden Week and then through the election. We are appreciative of Board for opening additional hours and additional weekend days so that it is easier for homeless people who often work full time to vote.
Thanks to all the volunteers and the speakers for making this a successful event. We hope that we continue to have a good turnout of homeless people who vote.
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