‘Your voice is your vote’: Virginia NAACP holds ‘Souls to the Polls’ in Hampton as Election Day looms

Virginia Politics

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Branch NAACP partnered with local churches to host a voting event called ‘Souls to the Polls’ on Sunday.

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The event kicked off with a march at 12:30 p.m. starting at First Baptist Church in Hampton and ending at the city’s registrar’s office located at the Old Courthouse.

Organizers say more than 600 people showed up at the polling place for early, in-person voting.

“Souls to the polls is a historical event for the black community, and it’s also a good day to vote for people who can’t vote during the week,” said Gaylene Kanoyton, President of the Hampton branch of the NAACP.

“They can come on a Sunday, and anytime that we can get an extra day to vote to expand our democracy, and be able to cast our vote. We are always going to show up and show out.”

After the votes, people were invited from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to attend a celebration that included free food, face painting, music, and more.

“We had Sunday dinner, music, given out T-shirts, fun face painting, and as people voted they were able to come over here and get a meal,” said Kanoyton.

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, the youngest Black woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be a special guest at the event.

The gubernatorial race between Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin and Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe grows closer by the day. In the Monmouth University poll released Wednesday, both candidates had the support of 46% of registered voters.

McAuliffe was ahead for a majority of the race, but Youngkin’s newfound numbers from undecided voters have both parties moving to get votes in two crucial regions – northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

Early, in-person voting will stay open until Saturday, October 30 at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit Virginia’s NAACP website or call (757) 287-0277.

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