Over the weekend, the Henderson County NAACP held a city wide voter registration party to get people in the area registered before November’s election.
The group was able to get more than 100 new voters registered, but getting to that number proved to be harder than expected as they ran in to many people who felt voting was unimportant.
Deborah Hoda - President - Henderson NAACP
“The first one was 'that my vote doesn’t matter,'" said Deborah Hoda, president of the Hendrson County NAACP. "The second was, 'why are you out here, cause things are not going to change?' and then the last one was 'I’m just not interested.'"
And with the deadline to register to vote approaching quickly, Hoda wanted to let potential voters know why it’s so important for them to cast a vote during this years elections.
“I say it’s not about you," said Hoda. "You have to look down the line for the future of your children or your sisters or so forth, so if you want things to change, it’s time for you to get out and vote. That’s what I want.”
On top of some people not caring to have their voices heard.
Others were concerned about the spread of covid-19 at ballot boxes this year.
But one issue that Hoda didn’t expect to have to face is that on a language barrier that holds people back from voting.
“So automatically, I turned over the card, and I can show you here, and this is our voter registration card, and usually on the back there’d be a different language, and when I looked, I saw there’s nothing on there for people who are non-English speaking.”
Hoda was shocked to see there was no way for non-English speakers to read their registration cards, and she fears that this will stop them from having their voices heard at the polls.
And the Henderson County NAACP doesn’t just care about getting you registered. They also care about getting you to the polls.
If you need help getting to a polling location this election season, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a car to come pick you up and take you to your nearest polling station.