NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Habitat for Humanity of Westchester Executive Director Jim Killoran is helping to ensure that every voter can have their voices heard in what has proven to be a divisive election year.
Killoran and his crew at Habitat in New Rochelle hosted the first of what they hope will be many voter registration drives on Wednesday at their headquarters at 659 Main St., offering the opportunity to participate in the Democratic process to anyone interested.
The day started steady, with a handful of registrants before noon. Killoran and his volunteers said they expected more of a surge later in the afternoon when school and work schedules concluded. The registration event will run through 7 p.m.
“I was disappointed by the lack of voter attendance at the last election, so we’re encouraging others to come sign up and be heard,” he said. “This is a 365-year-old, historical city. In the Revolutionary War, the right to vote is what they fought for.”
In an effort to continue encouraging the community to get out and vote, Killoran said that they will run at least one more event next week, and plan to run drives annually, regardless of whether it’s an election year or not. He added that municipalities and organizations have already reached out to him for help in arranging registration drives of their own.
“This is going to be an annual event in the heart of historical Main Street, in the city where Thomas Paine lived, this is just ’Common Sense,’” he said. “Democrat, Republican or independent; whether you say ‘hey,’ or you say ‘hola’ or whatever else you say, this is about having the right to vote and exercising it.”
Those interested in registering to vote can do so at Habitat for Humanity Headquarters at 659 Main St. in New Rochelle through 7 p.m. There will be more drives coming next week.
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