Nacogdoches group hopes to increase African American voting turnout

Nacogdoches group hopes to increase African American voting turnout
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - We're less than two months away from the presidential election and members of the African-American Outreach committee in Nacogdoches said the time is now to take action.

"We're going to get out and knock on some doors and talk to people," (D) candidate, Jared Cates said.

Although the race to the white house is almost over, the fight to get African American's to the polls is far from that.

"We plan on reaching out through different avenues, and different businesses trying to get folks registered in time for the deadline," Cates said.

"We've got to better at getting our young people involved and getting more people to the polls to vote," African American Outreach Committee member, Helena Abdullah said.

Abdullah said the group plans to stop at nothing to get people registered, and ultimately at the polls.

"We're going to all of the barber shops, and the beauty shops in the African American community," Abdullah said.

One of the most important things organizers want African Americans to know is how important their vote is.

"When you start talking about folk's lively hood, their children's education, access to healthcare, that gets people fired up about voting," Cates said. "That's my main goal with the African American committee is to reach out to our neighbors and say, hey I'm here, I'm willing to fight for you."

"The roles are huge but we don't have a huge turnout," Abdullah said.  "We want to change that, we've got to change that."

After years of historical figures fighting for the right to vote, organizers said it's time to step up and make a difference. Not only the nation, but your local community.

"You can't change any problem if you're not a part of the solution, and you can't complain about something needing to be changed if you're not getting out trying to help it to change," Abdullah said.

If you'd like to help join the outreach program you can contact the democratic headquarters or Abdullah at 936-560-3242.

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