Block Party Attracts 100 Voters

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Just over 100 voters and more than 20 children attended the Early Vote Block Party 12-3pm on Sat. June 16 at the Marilyn Praisner Library. The library is next door to the Early Vote Center at the Marilyn Praisner Community Recreation Center.

Increasing Turnout and Providing Nonpartisan Voter Info

Block party attendees were strongly encouraged to go next door and vote. Quite a few availed themselves of nonpartisan voter information provided by the League of Women Voters and event partners. Some voted first and then stopped by the event. Nearly every adult sported an “I voted!” sticker at some point. And many signed a pledge to vote in the November general election as well. This was all part of our collective effort to increase early vote turnout, especially in communities of color.

Event Partners Make Voting Fun

Thank you to the Montgomery County Public Libraries, the Commission on Social Action at Reid Temple AME Church, and the Montgomery County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for all they did to make this event a success. Event logistics and promotion were spearheaded by high school and college student interns from Our Voices Matter. 

Music and and the smell of hot dogs grilling filled the air and the sun shone brightly all afternoon. Voters and other attendees each received a free ticket for three door prize drawings conducted periodically throughout the event.  Entertainment included face painting and a moon bounce obstacle course. MC Justin aka “DJ Esquire,” an OVM intern alumnus now attending law school, provided the tunes that inspired a bit of line dancing at one point. Everyone had a good time and primary ballots were cast. Thanks to all for making this a successful event!

Jon Randall