200 Man Stand Encourages Community To Register To Vote

Posted at 6:39 PM, Sep 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-29 19:39:35-04

Tennessee is nearly last when it comes to state voter turnout in the country, so a group of local male organizations are hoping to change that come November's mid-term election.

Members of 200 Man Stand, Dads Against Destruction, and Equity Alliance held a community event at the Cumberland View Apartments in North Nashville on Saturday.

They provided resources to find jobs and spread awareness about hitting the polls.

Hambino Godbody with the Equity Alliance and the 200 Man Stand grew up living at Cumberland View.

"We’re encouraging people to get registered to vote because we want to make sure that the people who are in office are benefiting the ones in the community," he said.​​​​​​​

Godbody spoke about how he turned his troubled past around and has spent years encouraging people to make a difference and positive change in their community.

Tennessee is listed as the 49th state for voter turnout with nearly 74 percent of adults registered.

A member of 200 Man Stand, Otis Carter IV, said he was shocked to learn how many people do not exercise their voting rights.

"If half of the unregistered voters vote, we could pretty much control any election that we want to control," he said.

In October, the groups have planned to encourage other public housing residents to register to vote and then vote.

To register online to vote, click here.