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Meeting tonight to focus on voter education


Dispatch Staff Report



A non-partisan town hall-style event tonight at 6 p.m. on the lower level of Trotter Convention Center is designed to "empower voters by increasing awareness and participation in the electoral process," said Sharon Lewis, a co-organizer of Voter Empowerment 2011.  


Representing a group called Highway 45 Corridor, Lewis and co-organizer Stacy Jones hope the meeting will educate the public, particularly first-time voters. 


Lowndes County Circuit Clerk and Registrar Mahala Salazar will be on hand to explain aspects of the voting process. 


"I'll be speaking on voter registration, absentee ballots, and the importance of participating," said Salazar. "I'll also have some voting machines and demonstrate how they work." 


According to Lewis, topics to be covered also include the "cans and cannots of legal voting." 


"We're trying to focus on teenagers from the age of 17, as well as anyone who is not registered to vote," remarked Lewis. There will be information for all ages, Lewis added. 


Jones, a Columbus High School graduate pursuing a master's degree at the University of West Alabama, said, "We just want to get everybody the information they need, to get people aware about voting, letting them know the facts. We'll have someone there registering voters."  


Lewis said, "We are committed to getting the community active and involved in the 2011-2012 election process, through 2013." 


The event is free and open to all members of the public 17 years of age and older. 


For more information, contact Lewis at 662-327-1281 or Jones at 662-425-1341.




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