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Deltas To Host Forum On Voting, Sept 20

  • Written by The Atlanta Daily World
  • Published in Atlanta
    How does Super PAC money influence an election? What is voter suppression and how can voter ID laws potentially influence the outcome of an election?  What are the issues that could influence the rights of citizens?     The Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Chapter wants to ensure that African-Americans are educated on election issues and know the importance of voting regardless of their political preferences.     The Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter and historic Morehouse College are collaborating to educate citizens on voter rights. The two groups will host a nonpartisan forum titled “Voting: What’s in it for me?” The Forum will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Executive Conference Center of the Leadership Center on the campus of Morehouse College.     The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Center located at 830 Westview Drive S.W., Atlanta, 30314     The forum will feature several panelists:     Dr. William Boone, professor of political science, Clark Atlanta University; Nancy G. Abudu, senior staff counsel, ACLU Southern Regional Office, Voting Rights Project; Dr. Moraima (Mo.) Ivory, radio personality and director of community outreach, CBS Radio Atlanta; Dr. Hasan Crockett, director of the Brisbane Institute, Morehouse College, and  Janice L. Mathis Esq., vice president and executive director, Rainbow PUSH.     The metro Atlanta community is invited to attend and hear the issues involved surrounding the 2012 election. Panelists will answer questions during the forum.     For more information, contact Virginia Brown at 770-289-3831.    Also, the NAACP and several of the nation's leading African-American Baptist organizations have launched a voter education effort leading up to the November election.   The campaign, announced Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Atlanta, is called “This is My Vote!''

    Organizers said the drive comes in response to a wave of ballot access laws enacted across the country.

     The NAACP argues the laws place considerable burdens on poor and minority voters. Some of those citizens, they say, do not have government-issued IDs and may have trouble gathering the documentation to get them.

     Proponents say the laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud.

     With the new campaign, the NAACP will help churches conduct voter registration drives, teach voters about the requirements in their state and push voters to go to the polls this fall.


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