Young activists register new voters ahead of Oct. 5 deadline

Radical Registrars: At least 700 new voters and counting

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SAN ANTONIO – With a momentous presidential election during a pandemic still ahead, the importance of registering voters is not lost on San Antonio activists and community groups.

"I'm getting that people are wanting to participate, especially in this election, and really have their voice heard," said Valerie Reiffert, who helped organize Radical Registrars in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests in downtown San Antonio.

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Reiffert said 40 new voters were registered in two demographically different locations last Saturday.

"I registered my 95th person," Reiffert said. "Only five away from 100."

She said nearly 700 people have registered to vote with the organization's help so far.

Last Saturday, Reiffert said the organization joined forces with Phoenix Outreach Working Education and Re-Creation (POWER), a community nonprofit working with youth and families. The two groups plan to have another event together on Sept. 12.

Reiffert said she is very aware of the significance that the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote, fell on a presidential election year.


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