New Haven coalition launches series to register new voters

03 Oct 2012 4:47 PM | Anonymous

Published in The New Haven Register on October 3, 2012

New Haven coalition launches series to register new voters

By Shahid Abdul-Karim, Register Staff / Twitter: @Shahid_Akarim

NEW HAVEN - The Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven has launched a series of non-partisan voter registration drives that will run until Oct. 30.

“Your Vote Matters” is the title of the series and it will take place throughout the Housing Authority’s family developments in the city.

“Elm City Communities is excited to launch the ‘Your Vote Matter’ series of voter registration drives for our residents,” said Housing Authority Executive Director Karen Dubois-Walton. “Along with our community partners we will be on the ground registering as many people as we can and letting them know that their vote is equally important in both a local and national scale.”

Registration times for the events will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at these locations: Thursday, Quinnipiac Terrace; Oct. 11, Farnam Courts; Oct. 18, McConaughy Terrace; Oct. 25, Westville Manor; and Oct. 30 at Eastview Terrace.

Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, D-New Haven, said regarding the voting process that, “most folk only vote in presidential elections, not understanding or seeing the importance of voting in other local elections that affect their quality of life and the communities in which they live.”

The series of events was created to educate and engage residents about the importance of the voting process. During each voter registration session a group of volunteers will canvas designated sites to register residents and speak one-on-one to answer questions and hand out educational materials about the election process.

“All local organizations have been charged by their national offices to participate in voter registration. This has been our obligation and commitment to the community,” said Dori Dumas, vice president of the Greater New Haven NAACP branch [and member of Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter].

Elm City Communities partnered with the NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, New Haven Family Alliance, The People’s Center, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority [Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter], Junta for Progressive Action, Fire Birds of New Haven and Omega Psi Phi fraternity for the events.

To volunteer for any of the events, call Jasmin Franjul at 203-498-8800, ext. 1009.

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