‘Be Woke Vote’: Local groups hold march in uptown encouraging more to vote

‘Be Woke Vote’: Local groups hold march in uptown encouraging more to vote

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Election Day is two weeks from Tuesday and we have already seen a huge early voting turnout in North Carolina.

The record turnout continues across the state -- more than 1.4 million people have already voted. That breaks down to almost one in five registered voters who already cast early ballots.

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Officials said 810,000 have voted in-person and 604,000 have voted absentee. In Mecklenburg County, almost 87,000 people have voted in-person.

Sunday afternoon, people from across Charlotte marched in uptown to encourage more people to vote this year, especially people of color.

It includes the NAACP and the Conference of National Black Churches. The group “Be Woke Vote” planned a march at 2 p.m. from Romare Bearden Park to the Spectrum Center.

“So how do we change that? Just protesting -- that’s one part. We change it by voting, so people understand that things are affecting minorities. And the way to affect the system is voting,” said Pastor Kenneth Robinson.

Other groups across the Charlotte area have worked to encourage people to get out and vote such as the Panthers' fan club “Roaring Riot” and the Charlotte Women’s Movement.

The Roaring Riot had a meet-up Saturday at Tap Room Social in uptown, then walked down to Bank of America Stadium to vote. The stadium was one of the busiest polling places in Charlotte, but voters said the line moved quickly.

You can vote there Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the Panthers game as well.

The Charlotte Women’s Movement and other community groups marched together to the Spectrum Center Saturday, another early voting site. They also honored the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Events like that happened across the country Saturday. It was part of the National Women’s March, and thousands took part in the main march in Washington D.C. Speakers encouraged women to use their votes to create change.

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