NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A local- student led organization has started a campaign to encourage college students to make it to the polls early this year.
Operation Wake-Up and Vote Early (W.A.V.E.) is a student-led, nonpartisan organization created in response to the recent laws across the country and within Tennessee regarding voter identification laws, which they believe will suppress the votes of students, minorities, the poor, the rural, and elderly.
The group believes that the photo I.D law unfair targets college students since the law does not allow students to use their college or university issued identification, but does allow university employees to use their college issued identification to vote.
"It is estimated that 10% of our population could be disenfranchised by the photo ID law right here in our own state," said a post on the group's Facebook page.
Operation WAVE plans to hold a rally to encourage early voting in the Davidson County area on October 20, 2012 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Davidson County Election Commission Office downtown. Students attending the event were reminded to bring their state issued driver's license, U.S. passport, federal or state ID, U.S. military ID or gun permit.
For more information about WAVE visit their Facebook page.