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Volunteers soldier on to register voters despite low turnout

Posted at 10:22 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 23:22:55-04

WACO, TX — One voter registration event sounded like a big one, complete with a member of the Biden campaign on site. Only one problem, neither the Biden campaign nor the organizers showed up.

The event was billed as a big Democratic party voter registration drive. Even though few showed up, those that did had very strong reasons for wanting to register to vote

As Paula Smith and Don Ray Irvin watched a summer of protests unfold on their TV, they knew they had to take action. They made a promise to vote in the November election.

"Issues is like, racism... that's the main thing, you know what I'm saying? We all have to live together, you know what I'm saying?" said Smith.

They were among the first to register to vote at this event and expressed a bit of shock that more people didn't turn out for it.

"You know, I sit back and I watch the news all the time and I wanna make a change and now I'm able to make a change," said Irvin.

Helping him do that were Serena Stevenson and Ayneka Pearson, volunteers who want every American to have a voice.

"We're here just to do our part and get anyone registered to vote, regardless of their party. We just want people to practice their civil liberty and vote," said Stevenson.

Although the turnout was slim, Pearson found solace in the strength of conviction in those who showed.

"I'm really impressed with the people who are coming out and speaking about voting and wanting to vote, and actually they're spreading the word," she said.

Change doesn't happen without involvement. It starts with registration, something that only takes a minute.

"You want things to change but then you don't want to produce yourself to make a change. So, you have to make an effort to make a change," said Irvin.

It only takes a minute to register to vote, and your time's running out to do that before the General Election in November.