DETROIT - Mayor Dave Bing was joined by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony and Get Out The Vote representatives from numerous community, religious and civic organizations at a press conference Friday urging Detroiters to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 5.
The election will decide the City's next Mayor and, for the first time in nearly a century, City Council members are being elected by districts. The Mayor emphasized the importance of this year's election on the future of Detroit. "We know that many of our citizens feel powerless due to the presence of the Emergency Manager and the City's impending bankruptcy ruling. However, these are the exact reasons why Detroiters need to turn out in record numbers at the polls on Tuesday," said Mayor Bing. "We will need strong leadership in place once the E.M. leaves, and that could happen even
sooner should the bankruptcy judge rule that Emergency Manager Law P.A. 436 is unconstitutional."
The Mayor expressed the importance of having a much higher voter turnout than the August primary, when only 18?percent of registered voters went to the polls. He likened Detroiters' viewpoints to the nation's sentiment during the 2008 presidential election when Americans were feeling disenfranchised about the economic condition of the country. The voter turnout that year increased by five million from the 2004 presidential election.
The Detroit Branch NAACP's "Take your Soles to the Polls" campaign is working to increase voter turnout through education, registration, mobilization and protection. The civil rights organization has established a Voter Hotline (313?664?2424) that will be operational on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Voters can call the hotline if they need assistance with transportation, poll locations, registration status, or to report incidents of intimidation or wrong doing.
"This is the most critical election facing Detroiters in the past 50 years," said Rev. Anthony. "Our very quality of life and the integrity of our Democracy are at stake. Now is not the time to stay
home. Now is the time to get up, get out and go vote!"
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