LIMA — An effort to register 10,000 people to vote in the November election got underway Sunday in Lima.
Teams of two and three people went out to find residents in the 5th and 6th wards who haven’t registered yet.
Jane and Jim Doty were among more than a couple of dozen people who began their voter registration effort from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center Park Sunday.
“I think it’s a good idea. Fifty percent of people are not registered to vote (in Lima). That’s really terrible. I mean, I voted ever since I could vote at 21 and I’ve never missed one yet. So I think it’s a privilege that we get to do this and it’s the only way you’re going to change things if you go out and vote,” said Jim Doty.
“I’m tired of complaining and not doing something to make things better. So I came out here to hopefully make things better,” said Jane Doty. “I look at our ancestors and people in other countries that fought and died for the right to vote and we don’t seem to care.”
The voter registration drive was organized by Dr. Willie Heggins, administrator at Heir Force Community School in Lima.
“This is a community event. I mean, this is people coming out to help us continuously make the city of Lima great, you know, this is all about celebrating our democracy and being active participants in the political process,” Heggins said.
With 50% of the people not registered to vote, getting them registered is important because what is at stake in the 2020 election.
“You can see around with all the various things that are going on right now, with issues of health and safety, social justice, there are a lot of critical issues that are on the table. And for people to be a part of change, you have to be able to vote and to be able to vote you have to be registered to vote. So, these things kind of work hand in hand. I mean, this is step one of promoting people to be active participants in the end in not only the democratic process, but also the general election as well,” Heggins said.
Two more voter registration drives are scheduled. Sept. 12, volunteers will be canvassing the 3rd and 4th wards and on Sept. 26, they’ll be signing up people to register to vote in the 1st, 2nd and 7th wards.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.