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Black sororities, fraternities and churches will partner in a big North Florida voter drive in African-American communities

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Tom Flanigan
A long line of Delta sisters promotes voter registration to those passing by near the junction of Old Bainbridge Road and Macomb Street in Frenchtown.

Alumni from Florida A&M's sororities and fraternites have begun a massive get-out-the-vote drive in the region's African-American communities. It got underway Saturday, Oct. 8 in Tallahassee's Frenchtown.
The more than 100 enthusiastic sorority sisters
of Delta Sigma Theta included Daphne Hill:

"We all need to vote because it is your right. That's your voice."

Also Cindy Moore White:

"Our job is to make sure everybody knows that we're here and that we need you to vote IMMEDIATELY!"

Along with their Chapter President, Terraca Jones:

"We just wanted 100 members of our sorority, but we also invited the community. But we also have some of the other sororities and fraternities here along with community people."

And the effort was bearing fruit. Here was 16 year old Makita McKinney who pre-registered so she'll automatically be a full-fledged voter when she turns 18.

"I feel like I'll be making an impact in my government and my society from here on out now that I'm registered to vote."

The deadline for voter registration in advance of next month's general election is noon this Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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