The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is on a mission to make sure there is a good voter turnout on November 9th. Carolyn Thiele is the director of the Get Out the Vote Committee and they obtained all the necessary city permits and permissions from organizations and businesses to leave chalk messages on the sidewalks at locations around the metro area.
Thiele says, ” We are going to be chalking two messages, two in English and two in Spanish, “Go Vote, Omaha” and “Be a Voter”. The League’s mission is to make democracy work better and that only happens if everybody is voting. It is also a gentle, fun reminder that this is an important part of being a citizen in this country.”
Thiele says art students at Metro Community College designed the stencils for the project. The students will be joining the League today for the first chalking outside the City-County Building at 19th and Farnam Streets in Omaha. She says they are also teaming with the Partnership 4 Kids on a special lesson on voting for sophomores at five Omaha high schools. The students will then help chalk messages around their neighborhood and school. Thiele says those students are also helping the League organize a voter registration drive inside the school so if there are any 18 year olds they can register and be ready to vote in November.
The chalk messages will appear in highly trafficked areas including libraries, the DMV locations, bus stops and at colleges and universities.