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NAACP takes 'Stay woke and Vote' tour to SSU

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The deadline to register to vote for the November election is quickly approaching.

With less than three weeks left, the NAACP is doing its part to make sure people sign up.  

Wednesday night, the Georgia State chapter teamed up with Savannah State University for its annual tour. For a lot of these students, they've never seen a ballot like this before and it’s the first time they'll head to the polls in their entire lives.

This was a chance to have them register in a familiar environment.

It’s called “Stay Woke and Vote.”

The NAACP is using their platform to help college students get ready to head to the polls.

"We should care more because, a lot of students my age, well my peer group, are not really into it,” said Emanuel Bush, a freshman at SSU and first-time voter.

"Our ancestors fought hard for this right to vote and we shouldn't take that lightly, we are the future of America and as voting decides the future of America,” said Cameron Dennard, a sophomore at SSU and first-time voter.

Bush and Dennard are now registered and will be first-time voters come November.

African-American males at a younger age like myself, we have the lowest voting turnout rate if I’m correct,” Dennard said.

Let’s take a look at the Chatham County numbers. There is a little more than 148,000 active voters and 12,000 more white males head to the polls versus black males.

"Our voice has a power we're in a democracy and we should utilize it,” Dennard said.

During the “Stay Woke and Vote” tour, recording artist Chance the Rapper is hoping to register thousands of concertgoers while the NAACP is stopping at college campuses across Georgia to push their message.

"I think I can get some of my friends and colleagues to go out and show them the importance of voting by me taking the first initiative,” Second Vice President of the NAACP SSU chapter, Marcus Givens, said.

The deadline to register to vote is October 11.

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