‘The power of your vote’: Boosting voter registration among low-to-moderate income voters
Midterm elections are important. But Sandra Moore, managing director and chief impact officer at Advantage Capital, said what’s more important is “mobilizing folks to register and vote.”
“The vote is the most powerful individual thing we have to engage as citizens,” Moore explained. The former president of Urban Strategies joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh on Thursday to talk about a voter education and registration drive that seeks to energize women in north St. Louis and north St. Louis County for the Nov. 6 election.
In low-to-moderate income areas, there is a lack in high voter participation rates among what Moore called “ordinary working folks.” The "Voter Registration and You" Town Hall Event on Saturday will emphasize voter registration and education to people of that demographic, particularly women.
As part of the information-packed event, there will be a question-and-answer session with a panel of elected women. Among them will be U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones, St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green, among others..
“A round stage kind of Q&A … of these powerful elected women … who’ve taken time out of their day on Saturday to say, ‘Come and talk to me, no long speeches. Tell me what is on your mind, I’m here to listen and help you to understand the power of your vote in helping me do what you want me to do,’” Moore added.
Moore explained that accessibility issues are often barriers to preventing higher participation at the polls.
“Voter ID [laws], polling locations closing, hours of availability being shortened or … fewer polling places, longer waits in line and that sort of thing,” she said. In addition, Moore mentioned a “drop off” in voter education and motivation.
To encourage more voter participation, Moore said the one-day registration event will help inform attendees about what identification is required, how the voting process works and how to get information on ballot issues and candidates.
The final day to register to vote in Missouri is Oct. 10.
When: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018
Where: St. Louis NAACP/LaunchCode headquarters (4811 Delmar, St. Louis, MO 63108)
What: Dance the Vote
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018
Where: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
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