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Respect My Vote Campaign Reaches Thouands During Nationwide One-Day Voter Registration Drive
Hip Hop Caucus Registers More Than 30K Voters During Nationwide "One Vote" Registration Drive
WASHINGTON - October 3 - The Hip Hop Caucus' - Respect My Vote! Campaign (www.hiphopcaucus.org), along with Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com ) and the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, registered more than 30,000 voters during its national "One Vote Day" voter registration drive on September 30th.
Thousands of citizens in sixteen cities across the country participated in events aimed at mass voter registration. Radio One stations broadcasted live from central locations in each of the participating cities urging unregistered voters to attend their local registration site to register onsite. Artists such as Nelly and Raheem DeVaughn helped draw large crowds to registration stations, allowing Hip Hop Caucus volunteers to register an average of 1,200 voters within each of the different markets.
"We are so glad that we were able to get thousands of citizens involved in one of the most important rights as Americans," says Barry Macon, Corporate Director of Marketing for Radio-One. "Voting should never be taken for granted and we felt it necessary to reach out with information and education to the community that we serve day in and day out."
The nationwide one day voter drive was a combined effort between the Hip Hop Caucus, Radio One, Inc, and the Hip Hop Summit Action Network to register and mobilize young people to vote.
"The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network salutes The Hip-Hop Caucus for their leadership in achieving one of the largest single day voter registration records in history, particularly for youth voters," Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network. "While we are still collecting the data from other cities that participated in "The One-Day" voter campaign, we know from the tabulations that as of today well over 30,000 new voter registrations took place on September 30, 2008 across the United States."
"This one day event proves that we can make an impact in this election, and that working together to get out the vote is the only way to see results," says Hip Hop Caucus President, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. who co-created the 2004 campaign "Vote or Die" with Sean "P Diddy" Combs. "Our next goal is making sure all these registered voters get out to the polls in November and really let their voice be heard."
The Hip Hop Caucus' Respect My Vote! campaign seeks to register and mobilize 18-29 year olds in urban communities to vote and be engaged in the political process. Statistics show only 7% of eligible 18-29 year-olds who did not attend college, voted this past Super Tuesday and this is a target group that has not traditionally been reached out to and engaged in the political process.