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Fayetteville's NAACP Chapter Wants To 'Drive' Residents To Vote

Posted October 16, 2000

— Despite a tight presidential race and tons of TV, radio and print ads, minorities are still staying away from the polls. Voter participation has been steadily declining over the past 30 years. One local organization is committed to turning those numbers around.

"My mother brothers in the militaryfathercome from a family of voting all the time." Clinton Harris hopes more families will come out to vote. He has coordinated a voting drive at Fayetteville's chapter of theNAACP.

"We will have 12 people calling people to go to the polls, and we will have six people carrying people to the polls if they want to go," he says.

But even with the extra help, Harris says he just cannot convince everyone to vote.

"They just tell you, 'I don't want to be bothered with it,' or 'I don't know who those people are.' Really, they don't want to know," he says.

So far this week, the NAACP has reached more than 100 people encouraging them to vote. The organization is also getting help from local churches and clubs.

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