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TN Campaign: Make Your Vote Count

September 22, 2008

Nashville, TN – "Our Voice, Our Vote" wants new voters in Tennessee to stand up and be counted - and if they're not sure exactly how to do that, the group is ready to help.

It's a statewide campaign to raise historically low voter turnout in Tennessee. Tonight in Nashville, new voters will have the chance to ask questions, learn about their rights, and see how the voting machines work. The effort is being sponsored by a coalition of groups representing students, immigrants, and faith-based communities. It includes Community Nashville, where Anthony Johnson is vice president of program services.

"It's more representative of the democracy that we say we are, when more people are involved in the process."

Johnson says the "Our Voice, Our Vote" campaign is nonpartisan - the focus is simply on getting people out to vote.
To that end, Tom Peters, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, says they're hosting voter registration programs in West Tennessee. He notes that events, such as debate-watching parties and early voting, help make the process more exciting.

"Make it an ongoing process of keeping people informed, and then, when it's time to go vote, make sure you vote - because that's your voice."

The first "Our Voice, Our Vote" event takes place this evening at Tennessee State University from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., with others planned throughout the state this fall.

Barbara Dab/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - TN