Whether it’s going to the polls to vote in fancy attire, or voting from home in your favorite pajamas, a West Palm Beach-based community outreach organization is encouraging Palm Beach County residents to have their voices heard while showing off a little style in the process.
The West Palm Beach Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a civic organization of local Black women, has launched a social-media campaign, #GlamtheVote, in hopes of inspiring turnout at the polls.
The premise: Dress up in your best attire to go vote, take a selfie and share it on the hashtag.
“You dress up to go out to dinner. You dress up to go to movies. Why not dress up and go vote and be proud of it?” said Destinie Baker Sutton, chairperson for the Links National Trends & Services Facet.
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With traditional voter outreach efforts such as knocking on doors or driving people to the polls being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the social-media campaign was created as a way for people to vote in a fun way, while also sending a message about the importance of casting a ballot, said Tricia Thompkins, president of the West Palm Beach Links Chapter.
“Whether you decide to get dressed up to vote, whether you want to come as you are to vote, the point is that we just want you to vote,” she said.
“We want to ensure that you’re (aware) of your rights, all of the options that are available to you to vote, and make sure your vote is counted.”
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Links is national civic organization of Black women with a history that dates to 1946. The West Palm Beach chapter recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. While the organization is made of up of women, its voter outreach effort has focused on the broader community, Thompkins said.
In recent weeks, the organization has helped 2,000 people register to vote for the Nov. 3 general election, including students at Inlet Grove High School in Riviera Beach. Members of the local chapter adopted and began staffing a historically Black voting precinct in the Pleasant City section of West Palm Beach, so that it could remain open to voters.
Baker Sutton said the precinct was slated to be closed because of a lack of poll workers.
“Typically, when there’s not enough poll workers, it’s the poor communities and the Black communities that their precincts get closed,” she said.
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