ATLANTA – The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) has added another milestone to its already renowned name and prodigious portfolio of programming: Voting precinct.
In an unprecedented effort by the CCHR to motivate the electorate to cast their votes this fall and in future elections, the hallow halls of history and racial reconciliation has announced today that it is now officially a polling location. With the blessing of the Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections, registered voters in District 4F are now able to vote at CCHR in all elections.
The Georgia primary runoff on July 26 was the first election held at the Center. District 4F voters will be able to cast their Presidential vote at CCHR on November 8, 2016.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is replacing Centennial Elementary School as a voting location, after only a one percent voter turnout for the 2014 Georgia primary election. By becoming an official precinct, CCHR aims to inspire today’s voters to participate in upcoming elections and carry on the courage shared by those such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruby Bridges and Eleanor Roosevelt. These leaders are among the thousands of activists featured across CCHR’s exhibitions for their significant contributions to civil and human rights events throughout history. Participating voters will have free parking in the World of Coke garage on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. due to the generosity of Coca-Cola. GA Voters will also receive discount admission to CCHR, with the opportunity to learn more about past and present issues of inequality due to race, gender, religion and sexual orientation.
As part of the Center for Civil and Human Right’s mission, all voting age adults are encouraged to register and exercise their right to vote on Election Day as it is a critical factor in protecting our human rights and deciding our nation’s future. Voter turnout is on a steady decline. The six percent difference from the historical turnout to our most recent election equates to 14.3 million votes that went unfulfilled, which is equivalent to the entire adult population of the state of New York. CCHR will have persons trained in registering voters during operating hours and events leading up to the election. They will also feature engaging programming on why voting matters and the impact of the vote on Georgia.
“The Center for Civil and Human Rights is the perfect location for people to exercise their right to vote, an act that has long been one of the most threatened core civil rights for citizens around the World,” said Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. “It is our hope that the evidence and artifacts under our roof that tell the story of all who suffered for the right to vote will motivate more registrants to come out and participate in such a very transformative act.”
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