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Posted: September 23, 2013 5:09 p.m.

Organizations host voter registration drive

Several organizations are joining together to host a voter registration drive at the Newton County Library for National Voter Registration Day.

God’s Concerned Citizens of the USA and World, the Newton-Rockdale Chapter of the League of Women’s Voters, the Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Newton County Branch of the NAACP will hold a voter registration drive from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 24.

The drive will be held at the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd Street.

Minister Elizabeth Partridge-Godfrey, chairman of God’s Concerned Citizens of the USA and World said she has worked with organizing voter registrations for more than 22 years, even serving as a deputy registrar for several years.

“It was Friday of last week, that it pressed upon me greatly that we needed to organize a voter registration Drive on National Voter Registration Day here,” Partridge-Godfrey said.

“In Newton County, I made many contacts, and connected with the president of The Rockdale-Newton League of Women Voters , Allene Eatman; our local president of the NAACP chapter in Newton County, Dr. Gwen Cattledge, she said. I then worked very hard to get with Debbie Hillman to help me and further assist me in organizing this voter registration drive.”

Though she serves as the chairman, she said Katrina Elizabeth Stanfield serves as an assistant for God’s Concerned Citizens of the USA and World.

“As I have worked untiringly on organizing this Voter Registration Drive, I have found so much cooperation from the people,” Partridge-Godfrey said.

She said Eatman of The Rockdale-Newton League of Women Voters has been gracious in helping to register voters over time. The League of Women’s Voters was organized in the early 1920s and has historically registered voters for years, Partridge-Godfrey said. He also thanked Dr. Bresha Franklin, president of the Chi Tau Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha for helping to register voters.

Debbie Hillman, a political action person with the Newton County Branch of the NAACP, said branches around the state were challenged by the NAACP Georgia State Conference to register 50 new voters before National Voter Registration Day.

Hillman said the NAACP has joined with organizations to hold a few voter registration drives already to register new voters.

“We will continue registration for all of the groups because even though Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, it is a continuous effort,” Hillman said.

Partridge-Godfrey said God's Concerned Citizens has sponsored so many drives through the central Voter Registration Office downtown Covington, where Donna Morrison is the director and Angela Mantle serves as the assistant director. She said the organization wants all eligible persons to get registered to vote.

For more information about the voter registration drive, call Minister Elizabeth Partridge-Godfrey, chairman of God’s Concerned Citizens of the USA and World at 678-625-4728 or Debbie Hillman at 404-217-5219.

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