‘Souls to the Polls’ helps promote voter turnout


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Early voting is underway and with Sundays just added to the early voting schedule people were out to cast ballots Sunday. And the New Hanover County NAACP made sure their voices were heard.

The Government Center, which was the only polling location that was open in the county Sunday, saw a steady flow of folks ready to cast their ballots.

Deborah Dicks-Maxwell, president of the New Hanover County NAACP, said members of the NAACP and others wanted to show their presence at the polls. She said they joined 37 counties in our state to participate in the ‘Souls to the Polls’ march and rally as part of the coalition’s early voting campaign. She said it is an effort to get community organizations and churches to lead their members to the polls.

“We need to utilize that basic right and come out and vote,” said Dicks-Maxwell. “We are voting for presidents, governors, lieutenant governors, school board, county commission, so it’s important, you’re voting for a myriad of people. Don’t complain about what they do. Come out and vote and decide who is going to be there.”

Dicks-Maxwell said this day to vote is even more significant because 51 years ago the first Sunday of March African Americans marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama for their voting rights.

Early voting continues through next Saturday March 12.  And Election day is the Tuesday after that March 15.

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