ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke Chapter of the NAACP has been doing drive-thru voter registration long-before COVID-19 made drive-thru a regular way of doing things.
Saturday, Sept. 5, was the third time they’ve held this event and saw a solid turnout in the six hours they provided the service.
“I think it’s very important. I mean, voting, it does impact everyone’s lives, so it’s very important. That’s why I encourage everyone to go register and get out to the polls,” said Roanoke NAACP Youth Council President, London Paige.
Not only were members there assisting folks in registering, but also educating them on candidates running for office.
With so many elections — from local to national — in November, NAACP leaders say voting is critical, now more than ever.
“It’s more than one reason why that is important right now, and we have to have our voice heard because we must think about the next four years,” said Roanoke NAACP President Brenda Hale. “What is it going to do for our families? What is it going to do for our children? What’s it going to do for healthcare?”
Early voting for Roanoke City begins on Sept. 18.