LIMA — Lima’s 5th and 6th wards will be targeted Sunday in the first of three voter registration drives that hope to add 10,000 new voters in Allen County.
The drive is organized by the Steering Committee for Racial Injustice and Reform, chaired by Dr. Willie Heggins, executive director of Heir Force Community School, and Lima Councilman Derry Glenn.
The event will run from 2 to 8 p.m. Two other registration drives will be held on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26.
“The critical part of this is to get all of our registered voters, particularly getting their absentee ballots prior to Oct. 6. So the dates were strategic. It gives us almost 30 days before that actual due date to work with the board of elections to get those applications in. So, having three different dates Aug. 30, Sept. 12, and Sept. 26 puts us at that timeframe,” Heggins said.
People wishing to help are being asked to meet at Martin Luther King Junior Center Park.
“We’re looking for volunteers, reaching out to members of the community, faith-based ministries, businesses, industry, service organizations to join us in the celebration of our fundamental rights of democracies,” Heggins said. “We’re here to join with the citizens in the City of Lima to increase voter literacy, and more definitively get our residents here in the City of Lima registered to vote for the upcoming general election.”
Glenn called the November election an especially important one.
“We’ll try to educate people about how important voting is. We’re going to work on discussing with people about early voting. We’re also going to make sure they have the proper ID’s,” Glenn said.
They’re hoping to get around 50 volunteers to help canvas the 5th and 6th wards. There will be a free lunch and all participants will be given a T-shirt.
“Let’s get involved, show our hometown pride that we care,” Glenn said.
Volunteers will be helping people register to vote.
“Everyone will have a registration kit, which will include a map of the 5th and the 6th ward. They also will have the hard copies of the voter registration along with the absentee application of valid application as well,” Heggins said.
It will take three voter registration drives to help accomplish their goal of getting 10,000 people registered to vote in the November election.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.