From the Savannah Morning News, Savannah Branch NAACP leaders call for Voter Registration Sunday:
Savannah Branch NAACP leaders on Monday called on all churches in Chatham County to recognize “Voter Registration Sunday” this week to encourage registration of all eligible voters for the upcoming elections.
Al Scott, branch president, said there are 31,000 unregistered, eligible voters in Chatham County and the drive is targeting 10 percent of those.
He called the upcoming elections the most important in memory, citing defense and health care issues as key. He said some 16,000 jobs at Hunter Army Airfield/Fort Stewart are “on the line” and cited a void created by the pending retirement of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
The most important elections in memory?
Al Scott, a successful politician at the state level, is also Chairman of the Chatham County Commission.
Hey, it’s a small city, so why shouldn’t the county chairman also be head of the NAACP, which is urging churches (both predominantly white and predominantly black?) to register their congregants to vote? No insult at all meant to Scott, but the overlapping connections (conflicts?) just seem very Savannah. Fittingly, the registration drive was announced on the steps of a church, and the drive will also target a number of marginalized groups, including jail inmates who have not lost their right to vote.
There has been a lot of speculation about the likely black turnout in the November elections; I think it will be very strong. Some polls have shown unusually high black support for Republican statewide candidates; I think those polls are wrong. If we’re seeing a push like this for registration, there will be a major get-out-the-vote effort too. The polls screening for “likely voters” are not taking into account some of the realities on the ground.