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Our Votes Matter forum held at Memphis Library

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With just four weeks from the next presidential election, it's one that could have a high voter turnout.

But, November 8 is not just about the president.

The drive home message of Tuesday night's meeting for one group was not only to get out and vote on November 8, but also to be educated before you head to the polls.

It was a race against the clock as Shelby County residents rushed to county election commission offices to ensure they were registered to vote in the upcoming election. 

It's been described as a controversial, very divided, presidential campaign. It's the reason so many voters said they showed up at the last minute to register.

"This is definitely, in my lifetime, one of the most captivating elections and I think it boils down to who you see as fit to run this country," first time voter Gerrod Huggins said. 

Huggins left work early to guarantee his vote will count in this year's election.

But, November's ballot is more than just about presidential hopefuls.

Voters will also decide on local and state issues. That's a key topic that was also discussed at Tuesday night's Our Votes Matter forum at the Memphis Library.

"Our biggest message is that this is a right that many people fought at, died for, for everyone to have. We simply want people to come out and vote," event co-coordinator Gavin Mosely said.

The event was hosted by a local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Panel members stressed the importance of getting out on November 8 and voting to make sure elected officials are representing your views.

"We don't care who you vote for, but we want all voters to be educated," Mosley said.

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