Monday, September 15, 2008

Bringing New Voters to the Rolls

Shoppers going in and out of the GIANT Food Store on Campus Way Drive in Largo got a firsthand education in the importance of being registered to vote during our chapter's Voter Registration Drive today, Saturday, September 13. Brothers Melvin McCottry, Joe Felder and Dr. Gerald Folsom spent several hours explaining the registration process, passing out literature and helping new registrants filling out forms. They encountered several hundred people and registered more than 30 for the November election. This activity was an outgrowth of the chapter's support of the county NAACP. Dr. Folsom expounded on the larger effort: "In the second and third quarters of this year, the Gamma Pi NAACP/CEF Committee has invested over 212 hours of voter training, education, and registration in the Prince Georges County, Maryland community. We have worked the NAACP Candidate Forum, helped support the organizing of a High School NAACP Chapter at Oxon Hill High School, trained many of the Greek and other community organizations on voter empowerment, and led the local NAACP chapter on voter empowerment."