Obama supporters host voter registration dinner at Big O's

SANDUSKY Sandusky Obama Supporters registered more than 30 people to vote in the Nov. 4 election.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Sandusky Obama Supporters registered more than 30 people to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

More than 150 supporters, both young and old sat among red, white and blue balloons and passed out Barack Obama T-shirts, buttons and swag during a voter registration/soul food dinner Sunday at Big O's.

"Everyone needs to vote," attendee Albert Taylor said.

"There are so many freedoms that have been stripped from us. This is one they can't take away."

Event organizer Racquel Pace said of 150 supporters who attended and the 30 plus registered, at least 20 of them were people who didn't know they could vote.

"The drive focused on people who have felony records, or on probation or parole," she said.

"A lot of them didn't realize they could vote."

Pace said she decided to host the event after it was brought to her attention there are many men and women in Erie County who believe they cannot vote because they have a felony record. "That simply is not true," she said. "The law is that if you are actually incarcerated for a felony at the time of the election, you cannot vote."

People who have served time for felonies or are on probation or parole are eligible to vote, she said. Those who are in jail for a misdemeanor charge may also vote.

Half the proceeds from the dinner will be donated to Barack Obama's campaign, and the other half will be used toward the cost of gas for volunteers who drive people to the pulls on Election Day.

"We need every vote we can get in this election," Pace said. "We need a change in this country. We're trying to reach out to people who didn't know they could vote and encourage them to have a say in this election."