NORTHSIDE VOTER’ REGISTRATION RALLY
State Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. (D- Houston), joined by more than 200 churches, 25 Civic
Clubs and many elected officials, including County Commissioner El Franco Lee, will host the
“Northside Voter’ Registration Rally on August 23, 2014 at the Finnigan Park, located at 4900
Providence in Houston’s Historic 5th Ward from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Former Heavyweight
Boxing Champion George Foreman is the Honorary General Chairman and the Chairmen of the
Republican and Democratic Parties have been invited to be Voter’ Rally Co-Chairs.
Currently more than 900,000 citizens of Harris County are eligible but unregistered to vote. The
two largest groups of unregistered voters are those persons between the ages of 18 and 3 5 and
those ex-felons who have completed their sentence. These two groups have been absent from the
democratic process and this Rally is specifically targeting the registration of both groups. Prior to
the Rally, Harris County Tax Assessor Mike Sullivan’s office joined in this effort by deputizing
several community activists as voter registrars whose primary mission is to get Harris County
voters registered for the election in November, 2014.
All candidates on the November ballot have been invited to join as hosts. Additionally, several
local celebrities including Bun B and OG Ron C are expected to attend.
Rep. Dutton stated: “the greatest danger to our democracy is the declining participation by the
trustees of our democracy-the voters. However, eligibility to vote begins with registering to
vote and this Voter’ Rally begins the democratic process for those who have largely been absent
from the voting booth-particularly for ages 18 to 35 and ex-felons who have completed their
Rep. Dutton also stated: “the Texas Legislature in 1997 passed HB -1001 granting the right of
every ex-felon whose sentence has been completed to regain the right to vote. Most
unfortunately, after seventeen years, too few ex-felons even know this right exists.”
See you at Finnigan Park on August 23. Everyone is invited