Sharpton In Memphis in Poll Watcher's Brigade Drive
Sharpton said he was excited about the prospect of a poll watcher's brigade in Memphis â€” an endeavor being spearheaded by former state Senator Kathryn Bowers.
The following report is from The Commercial Appeal
Rev. Al Sharpton addressed a group of community and political leaders in Downtown Memphis Thursday morning, calling for fair elections and expressing his hope for a high voter turnout in Shelby County.
Sharpton flew in from New York at the request of Gregory Grant, president of the Memphis chapter of Sharpton's group, the National Action Network, to encourage the formation of a volunteer poll watcher's brigade to staff all 222 polling places in the county. "We just want an honest election. We want the process to be right," Sharpton said.
Sharpton said he was excited about the prospect of a poll watcher's brigade in Memphis — an endeavor being spearheaded by former state Senator Kathryn Bowers. He also stressed the importance of the upcoming presidential election because whoever wins will likely choose several Supreme Court justices whose decisions will have an impact for generations.
Congressman Steve Cohen offered an enthusiastic introduction of Sharpton to the roughly 40 people gathered at Willie Moore's Family Restaurant on N. Main, calling Sharpton "a great truth teller."
"This election is tight nationwide," Cohen said, adding that the problem was not finding support for Barack Obama in Shelby County but rather low voter turnout among those who support the incumbent.
But if everyone who supported the president showed up to vote on Nov. 6, Cohen said, "we could see a surprise in Tennessee."
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