Huntsville community leaders rally for voter registration

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Posted: Aug 23, 2020 3:19 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2020 8:02 AM

Huntsville community leaders are actively working to remind residents of the importance of voting and how to vote safely this election season.

WAAY 31 spoke with the Huntsville chapter of the NAACP on the message they’re getting out ahead of Tuesday’s local election and November’s presidential election.

As election season is in full swing, the NAACP, Huntsville League of Women Voters and others say voting is crucial, but you must be properly registered.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they want you to know you can use an absentee ballot to mail in, but you must do so early to have your vote cast.

"B.AG. Vote for where you've been, where we are and where we're going," said Bernard Simelton.

B.A.G. is the acronym Simelton told us he wants people to remember when it comes the time to vote. He is the president of the state conference of the NAACP.

On Saturday afternoon, they held a rally and parade to get the Huntsville community registered to vote and to reinforce the power of voting.

Dexter Strong is a community leader in Huntsville and he spoke about why this election year will be like no other.

"We're going to see a voter revolution in this community, that everybody here will participate in ensuring that every voice that should be counted, gets counted," he said.

Everyone at the parade talked about the struggles with the U.S. Postal Service and their delays with mailing in ballots. That's why Strong and Simelton talked about getting your ballot in as early as possible.

Simleton hopes this message gets out to the younger generation because he says there's a lot at stake for them in the upcoming general election.

"This is your future that you're voting on because the president for the next four years will make decisions that's going to affect our young people for years and generations to come," he said.

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