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Church Groups Host Final Push For Voter Registration

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Friday, Oct. 14 is the deadline to register to vote, and local church groups made a last-minute push Thursday to help people to sign up without even leaving their vehicle.

Organizers came together at Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church on NE 42nd St. for the Drive Up and Sign Up event because they say they want to make it as easy as possible for voters to be prepared on Election Day.

“We’ll take care of all of the processing of that paperwork and we’re just trying to make it easy,” said Rep. George Young (D-Oklahoma City), who helped with the planning.

Drive Up and Sign Up is targeting all those who have been hesitant to register to vote.

“You really lose your voice when you don’t vote, and so we’ve got to start emphasizing that and I think this is a good time,” Young said.

Volunteers also handed out information about topics like voting with a felony. They say in this election, even more important than the presidential race are the local and state questions that will impact Oklahoma voters directly.

“This is a moment where your vote really can make a difference and it can shift the tide,” Young insisted.

Plus, organizers are planning a series of forums all the way up until Nov. 8 to discuss each state question and make sure people actually make it to the polls.

“We’re trying to prepare folks for that,” said Young, “so that they’ll be aware of what’s going on and not get discouraged.”

Drive Up and Sign Up lasted from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Election board officials were at the church from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to answer questions from potential voters.

There is also a “Rock The Vote” registration event Friday at Super Cao Nguyen store on Military Avenue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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