Dozens march the streets of New Bern to get people to vote

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Dozens marched Saturday in hope to bring more voters to the polls. According to voting statistics, only 55 percent of people voted in the 2012 presidential election.

“It’s important to vote. People need to take responsibility to every citizen to get out and vote,” explained Tom Shoup.

Marchers want to encourage non-voters to cast their voice and give their opinion at the polls.

Michael Schachter said, “The concerns of the community are voting rights, our health, our education and all of these are affected by the people we select and elect.”

Dorothy Gooding said, “I’m a woman number one and I want to say what happens to my body and so woman also need to get out here and march and let them know hey, we have a voice.”

Marchers walked over a mile in downtown New Bern. They say they’re willing to go further if it means a big turn-out during early voting and on March 15th.

“There are so many things up right now, you need to understand each one of the things on the ballot and you have to understand your vote is really important,” Shoup said.

“If we sit home and do nothing, we are a part of the problem, not the solution,” Gooding explained.

Whether you vote early or on Election Day, participants in Saturday’s march hope you voice your opinion where it counts.

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