ATLANTIC CITY — The city branch of the NAACP is holding a forum this week ahead of the June 5 primary to encourage voter participation.
Kaleem Shabazz, president of the NAACP chapter in Atlantic City, said the Thursday forum called “Our Vote, Our Voice” is part of an ongoing effort nationally and locally to encourage voting, specifically focusing on the younger population.
“We encourage people to vote and read up on the issues,” Shabazz said. “We’re trying to say to young people that they should vote, they need to get involved, and we need their leadership.”
The forum will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. May 31 at St. James A.M.E. Church in Atlantic City and is part of a partnership with the NAACP NextGen Young Leaders Program and the church.
The forum is tailored specifically to reach out to the younger generations, Shabazz said, to tackle low voter turnout among 18- to 35-year-olds. It will feature remarks by Khyla Craine, assistant general counsel at the NAACP headquarters, and be moderated by Yolanda Melville and Ayanna Polk of the Mainland NAACP chapter.
The city chapter of the NAACP recently partnered with Atlantic City High School to register high school seniors to vote during a morning assembly earlier this month.
Representatives from the Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections came to the school to pass out voter-registration forms and get students familiar with the voting process, registering about 165 students.