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NAACP helps register voters on deadline day for the 2014 general election

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Louisville branch of the NAACP reached out to potential voters in the Russell neighborhood on Monday.

"This is the last day of voter registration," said local NAACP president Raoul Cunningham. “Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy."

That's why he and several volunteers spent their afternoon standing alongside a busy West Broadway, holding up signs reminding drivers it's the last day to register.

"Because some people just did not realize that the deadline was today," said Cunningham.

He says they also wanted to make it convenient offering drive-by service, allowing people to sign up from the sidewalk or their cars.

"They pull up, they don't have to get out of their car,” said Cunningham. “We'll come up to them and sign them up to register to vote."

There are 623 precincts in Jefferson County, 243 polling places and 300 different ballots.

Heated races this fall include Metro Council seats, JCPS school board and different city council positions, but one of the hottest and most closely-watched in the country is the race for the U.S. Senate between Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"This year, we will elect not only a senator, a congressperson, mayor, members of the metro city council, as well as judges," said Cunningham, which is why he's on the side of the road signing up more voters to grab the attention of lawmakers. "They have tried to enact a voter I.D. law that is very very important,” he said. “I think healthcare is also an issue that's important to the African American community."

"I knew when people could not vote," said volunteer Cylister Williams who says she knows the struggles minorities have faced in the past.

"I had people in my family who could not vote,” said Williams, “and so I'm continuing, after they started voting I'm continuing that volunteering and making sure."

The group reminds everyone to sign up, cast their ballots, and let their voices be heard on November 4th.

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