These days, you may not expect a Democratic Congressman and a Republican State Senator to agree on much, but Representative Jim Cooper (D-Tennessee) and Senator Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) have united in a push to get more people registered to vote before election day.
Fisk University is one of the groups embracing the initiative, called “Project Register,” and several companies around town are joining in, too.
Representatives of Fisk University said the drive is especially important to them because of the historically lower turnout among both young voters and African Americans.
They said they've even discussed the importance of voter registration when the university hires new employees.
“As a part of new student orientation, it was discussed. As a part of employer orientation, it was discussed,” said Fisk University Professor Reavis Mitchell. “So now students can discuss with faculty and staff members, are they all registered voters here in Nashville Tennessee?”
In Tennessee, you can file your voter registration both by mail and online. The deadline to register for the November midterms is October 9.
If you are not registered to vote, you can click here to go to the Secretary of State’s website where you can register online.