Columbus NAACP makes last push to get people to vote

Published: Nov. 4, 2014 at 3:27 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Members of the Columbus chapter of the NAACP gave their final push to reach voters before Tuesday's Midterm Election. The NAACP held their monthly Moral Monday session in front of the Columbus City Services Center Monday evening.

Nate Sanderson, the president of the Columbus chapter of the NAACP explained Midterm Elections are just as important, if not more significant than presidential elections.

"The Midterm elections can have a bigger, immediate impact on our city as well as the city," Sanderson explained. "Voting for our governor and senate is a big deal. People we elect tomorrow will have a direct impact on our lives."

Sanderson said the Moral Monday started becoming a monthly event since September. He explained the session talks about three particular issues, but Sanderson said the members put their usual agenda aside to encourage people to vote for Tuesday's election instead.

"We usually talk about the need to have citizens review board with subpoena authorities, installing body cameras on law enforcement officials and stopping the city government to use prison labor as work force," Sanderson said. "However, we decided to give our last push to have our friends and neighbors go out and vote for tomorrow. If people have already voted, we want them to encourage others who haven't voted yet to do so for Tuesday."

National reports stated more than 800,000 minority Georgians were not registered to vote for elections earlier this year. Ed DuBois, a national board member of NAACP says he was everyone, especially the minority voters, to make their voices heard for this election.

"I don't think many minority voters go out and vote because most of us do not see ourselves as part of this American dream," DuBois said. "But people need to realize we are and we can be part of the American dream. This election is going to decide everybody's issues, and I'm sure people can find themselves agreeing or disagreeing with many topics and issues mentioned during this election. We are talking about health insurance, education and economy. Make your voices heard and vote for what you believe in."

 The NAACP members say voting can be an easy and simple process.

Voters need to bring approved forms of identification to vote Tuesday. Accepted forms of ID include a Georgia Driver's license, a valid U.S. passport, a U.S. Military photo ID or a state-issued voter I. D.

To find your polling location or to check to see if you are registered to vote  Tuesday, visit the state's websites for more information.

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