‘Get out the Vote Blitz’ encourages voter registration
The deadline to register to vote in the 2020 election is today.
To encourage registration, the Extend-A-Hand, Help-A-Friend Organization and the Mississippi Rising Coalition held multiple voter registration drives in Gulfport over the weekend.
Extend a Hand, Help a Friend CEO Jeffrey Hulum III says over 80 people were registered over the two days.
Hulum and volunteers say they want everyone in the community to know their vote counts. “A lot of people feel like they are left out, like they are not counted. People don’t think they matter or that their vote doesn’t count. You have to go to these types of communities because they are just as important as any other community. The constitution is for all people. Not just the ones who have the good jobs or the ones who have the bad jobs, the ones who have or haven’t been in trouble. The constitution embodies everybody. That’s what voting is for.”
Volunteer Nacole James said, “As of today, at this location, we have registered over 40 individuals. Some are first time voters that are 18. Some have never voted before. It’s important that each person understands, no matter how you vote your vote matters. It is your God given right. We want everyone to get out and vote.”