YOUR VOICE: Northwest Louisiana voting advocates view election turnout as a success

YOUR VOICE: Grassroots groups impact election turnout

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Several Louisiana grassroots organizations have stood on the front lines for voter rights and equality. They hosted countless events for people to register and have a ride to the polls.

The People’s Promise, We the People and The O.L.L.I.E Initiative have worked to ensure people use their right to vote.

Breka Peoples, founder of The People’s Promise, and other activists worked for months getting people registered to vote.

In late October, Peoples was arrested for electioneering at a polling site in Mansfield. When she turned herself in to the DeSoto Parish Detention Center, dozens of supporters waited for her outside.

They thanked her for her work in voting rights. Many considered her following in the legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis, who stressed causing “Good Trouble” for the benefit of everyone.

“I went to jail trying to get 100 men to vote, it turned out it was 150,” Peoples said. “We shouldn’t have to go through all of that to vote.”

The O.L.L.I.E Initiative is also working for voting rights. The acronym O.L.L.I.E. stands for Overachievers Living Life in Excellence.

Ebony Mitchell founded the group with the goal of helping increase voter turnout and helping her community.

“I know we made an impact. Did you see the lines? We have so many more events planned to make sure the marathon continues."

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