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Aug022016

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is Now an Official Voting Precinct

Spreading historical civil rights leaders’ message of courage, the Center for Civil and Human Rights looks to motivate local voters by becoming an official polling place

(ATLANTA, GA) August 2, 2016 – The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), announced today that it is now officially a polling location. With approval by the Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections, registered voters in District 4F are now able to vote at CCHR in all elections. The Georgia primary runoff on July 26 was the first election held at the Center. District 4F voters will be able to cast their Presidential vote at CCHR on November 8, 2016.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is replacing Centennial Elementary School as a voting location, after only a one percent voter turnout for the 2014 Georgia primary election. By becoming an official precinct, CCHR aims to inspire today’s voters to participate in upcoming elections and carry on the courage shared by those such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruby Bridges and Eleanor Roosevelt. These leaders are among the thousands of activists featured across CCHR’s exhibitions for their significant contributions to civil and human rights events throughout history. Participating voters will have free parking in the World of Coke garage on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. due to the generosity of Coca-Cola. GA Voters will also receive discount admission to CCHR, with the opportunity to learn more about past and present issues of inequality due to race, gender, religion and sexual orientation.

As part of the Center for Civil and Human Right’s mission, all voting age adults are encouraged to register and exercise their right to vote on Election Day as it is a critical factor in protecting our human rights and deciding our nation’s future. Voter turnout is on a steady decline. The six percent difference from the historical turnout to our most recent election equates to 14.3 million votes that went unfulfilled, which is equivalent to the entire adult population of the state of New York. CCHR will have persons trained in registering voters during operating hours and events leading up to the election. They will also feature engaging programming on why voting matters and the impact of the vote on Georgia.

"The Center for Civil and Human Rights is the perfect location for people to exercise their right to vote, an act that has long been one of the most threatened core civil rights for citizens around the World," said Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. “It is our hope that the evidence and artifacts under our roof that tell the story of all who suffered for the right to vote will motivate more registrants to come out and participate in such a very transformative act.”

 

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About the Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects The American Civil Rights Struggle to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The Center features a continuously rotating exhibit from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes many of Dr. King’s documents and personal items. Visitors will be immersed in experiential exhibits through powerful and authentic stories, historic documents, compelling artifacts, and interactive activities. The Center is a source for ongoing dialogue — hosting educational forums and attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. For more information, visit www.civilandhumanrights.org. Join the conversation on civil and human rights on Twitter @Ctr4CHR and Facebook.

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