Staying Positive: Lifting up Voter Registration on MLK Day 2022
After a stormy snowy night, it was uncertain what the next day would bring. MLK Day 2022 ended up being a sunny, wet, cold 34 degree day, but the Shoprite of Cheltenham Square was busy with bundled-up shoppers bustling in and out. Community Hero Action Group and PA Youth Vote were on site talking to people about registering to vote and the important upcoming gubernatorial and senate races that are approaching. It was so much fun working with our long-standing partner PA Youth Vote who was represented by their Executive Director, Angelique Hinton and also another staunch community advocate, Dean Beer, who was representing the Pottstown NAACP.
Many shoppers had fun taking pictures with our “Super Voter” Pop-Ups. So many great pics! We had two surprise visitors with Kalell Edwards, Black Voters Matter PA Organizing Manager and also Sandy Brown, husband of Jeff Brown (President and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores). #awesomesupporters!
YOUNG VOTER TAKES A MINUTE TO CHAT WITH US
brown's shoprite is always a supporter of the community
sandy brown strikes a pose as a supervoter
Sandy Brown, wife of Brown’s Super Stores CEO and President Jeff Brown drops by.
NICOLE KEELS-MCGRUDER INFORMING SHOPPER ABOUT PRIMARY DATE
NICOLE START OF SHIFT!
NICOLE KEELS-MCGRUDER (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR) AND DEAN BEER (NAACP POTTSTOWN)
NICOLE KEELS-MCGRUDER (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR) AND TWO FUTURE VOTERS
DEAN BEER (NAACP POTTSTOWN)
BLACK VOTER MATTERS SUPPORTER JUMPING IN ON THE FUN
KALLEL EDWARDS (BLACK VOTERS MATTER PENNSYLVANIA ORGANIZING MANAGER)LETTING EVERYONE KNOW HE'S A SUPER VOTER
PLENTY OF SWAG AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ANGELIQUE HINTON(PA YOUTH VOTES EXECUTIVE
ANGELIQUE HINTON (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PAY YOUTH VOTES) SETTING UP SHOP
THERE'S A BIg smile under that mask!
OLD GUARD TRAINING THE NEW GUARD
OUT THERE TALKING VOTER REGISTRATION TO EVERYONE THAT WILL LISTEN
Angelique speaking to a young community member.
TWO COMMUNITY WARRIORS
Angelique Hinton and Dean Beer take a moment to smile for the camera.
Many shoppers stated that they were already registered, so we still recommended they check their voter registration status to be sure there were no polling changes since the last time they voted. We did hear more often than we wanted that many were not voting or did not want to register. We had longer conversations with these individuals and encouraged them to stay engaged and that we can’t go home and sulk if we are upset and we have to stay involved in the system. We have to continue to vote our voice and have a plan: know whether you are voting in person or by mail-in ballot, and if you’re voting in person, double-check your voting location. Many listened. With over 65 individual touches, it was still a good day. In the spirit of MLK, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Until next time, remember to vote every six months. #voteeverysix
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope