PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Coalition for Better Communities–whose members include Paterson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (PAC DST), Integrity Lodge #51, and Paterson NAACP (among others), sponsored a “Get Out to Vote Rally” on National Voter Registration Day–September 24, 2019. The event was held outside of Integrity Lodge #51 on Broadway. This stretch of Broadway is located in Paterson’s 1st Ward and notorious for having an extremely low voter turnout during elections.
Participating organizations set up tables in front of the lodge with voter registration forms, gift bags, snacks, and giveaways. Those walking or driving past the area were drawn to the colorful gift bags and materials on display and the participating organizations then seized the moment for voter engagement. Conversations ensued around voter motivation, education and ultimately-voter registration. As a result a total of 15 citizens were registered that day! This was the first of many voter engagement activities planned by the coalition.