BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A local group and city leaders partnered together to host an event for the community to encourage them to vote.
The Power Coalition, East Baton Rouge Parish Public School leaders and community advocates teamed up for the Geaux Vote Festival, a family-friendly event with fun games and a way for the community to know how to use their voices in order to be heard.
“It’s about change, it’s about voting, it’s about awareness, education, resources, it’s available, and people have to take advantage of that,” said host C-Bazz the Comedian.
Organizers said residents have complained about political problems in the city and need early voting opportunities.
“We’re moving into a new everything for the next four years. We need folks to get involved and to vote. We’ve got sample ballots online and, you know, as many locations across the state figure out what’s on the ballot, know your constitutional amendments, know your local things,” said Ashley Shelton, president of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice.
Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 14. Organizers said the best time to cast your ballot is now.
“If It’s every four years, every time the ballot is out, every time there is an election to get to express for us publicly what it is that we want to see in government. Right. So, we need to get to the polls to vote because all the things that matter to our committed community, our elected officials usher in for us,” said State Representative for District 101 Vanessa Caston LaFleur.
There will be some very important things on the ballot, including candidates running for governor. See who’s running for governor here.