Community leaders to protesters: 'don't cause violence. go vote'
As protests and rallies against police brutality continue in the wake of the deadly arrest of George Floyd, some activists are asking protesters to channel their energy and outrage to into the polls.
"Dr. King once said, 'Rioting is the voice of the unheard,'" said NAACP Temple President Bennie Walsh, "This is a way for your voice to be heard. Don't cause violence, go vote."
Walsh is part of a committee called Stand Up and Vote Bell County.
Organizers are finding multiple events around the community to set up a table for those wishing to register.
Last week, the Texas Supreme Court decided ruled that COVID-19 did not qualify as a disability for Texans under the age of 65 to request a mail-in ballot.
Democrats are demanding the state allow anyone who does not feel safe voting in person during the pandemic to vote by mail.
Walsh says that no matter the court's decision, that should not stop people from voting if they truly care about making a change.
"We have people that will register you to vote and we will also find a way to get you to the voting polls," he said.
"Don't miss the opportunity. Don't complain about who's in office if you haven't done anything about it."
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