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NAACP, League Of Women Voters Tag Team Voter Engagement

Emily Bollinger
The Bloomington-Normal NAACP and McLean County League of Women Voters are teaming up to encourage voter action in the community.

The Bloomington-Normal NAACP and the McLean County chapter of the League of Women Voters are teaming up to encourage the community to vote.

NAACP President Linda Foster said the groups plan to go door-to-door, handing out information packets and leaving door hangers on doors to remind citizens to make their voices heard at the ballot box. 

"So if you’re not there and you come home and see it hanging, that is to encourage and to be a reminder that voting is going to happen on Nov. 3," Foster said. "But in addition to that, there are ways in which you can vote.”

Foster encourages the community to partake in early voting by mail, in-person or to vote on Nov. 3--not only for the president, but local candidates, too. The groups are targeting areas that had low voter turnouts in the 2016 presidential election, but plans to spread the word to everyone. Foster said she's optimistic residents will be more engaged in this election season.

“We believe that the numbers are growing and that individuals have taken the initiative to vote,” Foster said. “Early numbers are indicating that people are engaged. We need to make sure that everyone is engaged.”

Foster is inviting the community to meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Miller Park, where they'll be organizers will distribute materials to residents. She said they will announce more dates and locations on their websites.

Eastland Mall is open for early voting on weekends for those not able to vote during the week. You can find a full list of early voting locations on the McLean County clerk and Bloomington Election Commission websites.

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Darnysha Mitchell is an Illinois State University student and reporting and social media intern at WGLT.