New Haven NAACP branch encouraging residents to 'Get Out to Vote'

05 Nov 2012 9:50 AM | Anonymous

New Haven Register:  Published Sunday, November 4, 2012

NEW HAVEN - In anticipation of Election Day on Tuesday the Greater New Haven NAACP Branch is encouraging city residents to “Get Out To Vote.”

The organization will be staffing a phone bank to make calls starting from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the branch headquarters, located at 545 Whalley Ave.

Neighborhood canvassing also will start from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“We are excited about Tuesday’s election and we are preparing to canvas our communities to let people know that voting affects every aspect of our human life,” said Doris Dumas, first vice president of the local branch and leading the GOTV campaign.

With assistance from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority [Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter], more than 525 new voters were registered in New Haven since January.

Phone banking also will take place at the branch headquarters from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day Tuesday, and rides will be offered to those need getting to the polls.

Sunday’s canvas will target the Newhallville, Dixwell, Dwight and Fair Haven communities.

“We are in need of more volunteers for the canvas, and as we get more volunteers we can expand our areas coverage and encourage more people to vote on Tuesday’s election,” Dumas said.

Dumas also said the branch has solidified six volunteers as carpoolers to the polls and other volunteers are on standby if the number of people needing rides increase.

With regard to concern about voter suppression concerns that have arisen in the country, Dumas said, “We have not seen or heard of any voter suppression in our areas, however we encourage people to contact the 1-866-OUR-VOTE number for any voting irregularities,”

“People need to know when they go to the polls to remove candidate buttons, hats and cover up T-shirts, because you could be turned away,” she said. “We don’t want anything to stop us on Tuesday, our ancestors have fought and struggled for this basic right and when we don’t exercise this right we disrespect the dignity of our voice.”

Display of such political material within 75 feet of a polling place is not permitted under state law.

Contact Shahid Abdul-Karim at 203-789-5614. Follow him on Twitter @Shahid_Akarim

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