Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association Launches 'Your Vote Matters' Initiative

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association launches Your Vote Matters, a non-partisan initiative in which LCAA will partner with local organizations and community groups to increase voter participation in Hamilton County for the Aug. 7 election.

“Voting is both a right and a privilege, but it’s also one of the most important responsibilities we have as U.S. citizens and as Tennesseans,” said Mike Sarvis, president of the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association.  “While voter turnout is traditionally high for presidential elections, voter apathy during off-year elections has become a serious concern for our community, especially given how many elections today are being decided by less than 10 percent of the voting population.

A recent analysis conducted by LCAA indicates that about 200,000 registered voters in Hamilton County do not consistently vote, and more than 37,000 people currently registered to vote in Hamilton County have never cast a ballot. LCAA’s goal for Your Vote Matters is to reduce voter apathy by at least 1% for the upcoming Aug. 7 election.

LCAA will host a communitywide Your Vote Matters event on Monday, Jul. 28 to encourage voters to become informed and cast their ballot during the early voting period.

For more information about LCAA’s Your Vote Matters initiative or to get involved, visit http://yourvotematterscha.com or contact yourvotematterscha@gmail.com.

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