Practice voting

At the Downtown Market in Asheville, it is a widely held belief that participating substantively in the election process is essential in upholding the democratic values that many have fought and suffered for. Hence we are establishing an ongoing, permanent voter registration drive at the market at 45 S. French Broad Ave. and are challenging other businesses and organizations in Asheville, Buncombe County and North Carolina to do the same.

It is our firm commitment to reach a goal of 100 new or re-registered voters before the municipal elections in November. We hope that by example, we can encourage increased participation in the election process and fulfill the charge that our mayor, Terry Bellamy made on Aug. 6 to "practice voting.”

Anyone who wishes to see how the Downtown Market helps with this most essential work and potentially institute a similar mechanism elsewhere in Asheville or beyond may stop by any time.

— Lance Hardcastle

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