A voter registration rally and well being summit came about on Sunday afternoon to extend civic engagement within the metropolis forward of Election Day.
A number of volunteers arrange tables on the New Haven Inexperienced the place group members might register to vote, get their flu shot and obtain masks and water. The occasion was co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Larger New Haven, Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Emergency Medication. Attendees visited the tables whereas a D.J. performed music — organizers aimed to foster a welcoming environment. New Haven Democratic Registrar Shannel Evans, who’s up for reelection this November, helped manage the occasion.
“We get the data out now, so hopefully it encourages folks for subsequent 12 months to vote for his or her locals, their [municipalities], not only for federal and our state’s [elections],” Evans informed the Information. “It’s tremendous essential.”
Evans mentioned that whereas New Haven’s turnout for federal and state elections is constantly excessive, town sees low turnout for native elections. In final 12 months’s mayoral election, city voter turnout was solely 29 p.c.
Regardless of the present COVID pandemic, Evans mentioned that she anticipates an awesome turnout for the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Emmanuel “Manny O” Ohuabunwa MED ’17 SOM ’17, one other occasion organizer, spoke to the Information about his involvement within the New Haven group over the previous 9 years as a Yale alum and resident doctor in emergency medication.
Through the years, Ohuabunwa has interacted with New Haven as a medical scholar, a enterprise scholar and a resident physician. He attributed his ardour for native affairs and well-being to his mother and father, who’re pastors in Jap Texas. Ohuabunwa mentioned he grew up in an setting the place he was at all times concerned with group occasions, akin to internet hosting blood stress and diabetes screenings.
“One in every of these items I seen particularly this 12 months by way of the difficulties which have been occurring with the group and racial stuff, my need was how can we as physicians use our platform to have the ability to make a distinction within the lives of individuals whereas rising civic engagement,” Ohuabunwa mentioned. “And so this was essential for us to have the ability to do. I talked to the president of Yale New Haven Well being who was very supportive of this [event].”
Ohuabunwa mentioned the organizers’ most important consideration for the occasion was how “we will have a very good time however in a really secure method.” The occasion additionally supplied sources to assist people get screened for HIV, receive info associated to substance abuse and study to manage naloxone, a drug to deal with narcotic overdoses.
Attendee Addie Aimbrough informed the Information there was a “fairly first rate turnout” for the occasion.
Roughly 40,473 people in New Haven voted within the 2016 presidential election.
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