Voter registration rally set for Tuesday

September 24, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence will host one of several voter registration rallies on National Voter Registration Day.

The rally will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Roy Adams Breezeway located in the 100 block of West Evans Street in downtown Florence.

The Florence rally is being organized by Embrace, a nonprofit organization run by LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson, and the Florence County Democratic Party, of which NeSmith-Jackson is the chairwoman. It will feature speeches by several political candidates who are running for office and a voter jam from iHeart Media.

“We have invited all of the statewide elected officials and candidates that are running as well,” NeSmith-Jackson said. “We have a young man that’s going to speak from an organization called Just Leadership. His name is Lester Young. Hopefully, he can help a lot of the formerly incarcerated understand their rights and, you know, help motivate them to vote this November.”

Young was incarcerated for 21 years, NeSmith-Jackson said. NeSmith-Jackson said Young’s story is “wonderful and amazing.”

The goal of the rally is to encourage increased election participation from the community, to make sure people are registered to vote and that people have all the information to vote on Nov. 6 in the general election.

“In this political climate, it is of the utmost importance,” NeSmith-Jackson said. “Especially for people who don’t understand that they have the right to vote. They should vote and what voting means to them. A lot of people don’t vote because they don’t understand how voting affects their everyday lives. That is the education that we have to give out to them.”

Registration in South Carolina runs until Oct. 7. For more information on registration, visit SCvotes.org/south-carolina-voter-registration-information.

NeSmith-Jackson also said Embrace is one of 60 organizations across the nation to receive a $1,000 grant from the National Voter Registration organization to enhance the rally. One-hundred and 70 organizations applied for the grants, NeSmith-Jackson added.

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