MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Although early voting in Tennessee has wrapped, citizens in Shelby County are still working to educate and encourage voters to head to the polls tomorrow.
Up The Vote 901 is a grassroots organization that encourages people in the county to vote and works to increase voter turnout.
The organization also informs voters about voting rights they may not be aware of.
Polling locations in South Memphis have struggled with voter participation in past elections.
In the 2016 election, there was low voter turnout in black church precincts in the area.
The group is telling citizens not to throw their vote away by sitting out during this election.
Organizers went through a voter file and phone bank and contacted 2,000 registered voters assigned to Christ Missionary Baptist Precinct.
Their goal: to educate and empower those who haven’t already voted to show up at the polls on Election Day.
“We are going to try to get as close as we can to 100 percent participation. The turnout in the percent was in the 50 percentiles in 2016. If we can move it to 70 or the 80 percentiles, I think that would be great,” said community organizer Dr. Earl Fisher.
Up the Vote 901 is throwing a block party Tuesday to help increase voter turnout.
The Election Day Block Party will take place from noon until 4 p.m. at Christ Missionary Baptist Church, 480 S. Parkway E., Memphis, 38106.
The block party will include coffee and free food for up to 200 people, and music.
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