3 events this weekend to register to LGBT vote

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Yes, Mary. There’s an election coming up so the LGBT activists in Atlanta are rallying to get your gay ass registered to vote. You’ve got three chances this weekend and at one of them, you can fix a plate of free barbecue.

Several LGBT Georgia candidates — more here and here, too — face voters during the July 31 primary election. What does that mean to you? Time to prepare for the ballot box.

“Registering new LGBT voters continues to be a top priority for Georgia Equality, but equally important is making sure that those that are registered are checking their registration status and keeping their status current,” Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality’s executive director, says in a prepared statement.

“When you change your address your need to register that with the Secretary of State office, in addition keeping up to date on which elected officials district you are in is of vital importance as well, especially since many of the legislative district have been redrawn due to redistricting,” he adds.

You’ve got three opportunities to register to vote this weekend.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia will host a voter information campaign and registration drive at Brushstrokes. Take this coupon and you’ll receive a 15 percent discount on any t-shirt in the store. (Tell them Project Q sent you.)

Saturday, 3 .m. to 7 p.m. Georgia Equality will conduct voter registration at Cliftondale Park in College Park. You can even volunteer to help. Don’t worry – they’ll train you, too.

Sunday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Organizers of the Rainbow Days Picnic and BBQ in Piedmont Park will also host folks from Georgia Equality to conduct voter registration. So you get some tasty free food while doing your civic duty, all the while enjoying a popular event. The group’s last picnic in April drew a big crowd (photo).

“While providing one of the best gay events in the country is very important to our company, even more important is ensuring that our community is exercising their right to vote,” Rainbow Days organizer Carmen Smith says in a prepared statement.

Rainbow Days is set for Aug. 25 at Six Flags. Last year’s event drew hundreds of people.

Photo by Sher Pruitt


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