Exclusive: Hip Hop Caucus Falls Short In Voter Register Drive, But Sets Record For Ex-Felons' Rights

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2008 4:42PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

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Tuesday (September 30) marked a record-setting day as the Hip-Hop Caucus (HHC) and Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) presented their "One Vote" registration drives throughout the nation.

Endorsed and led by hip-hop superstar T.I., the event focused on getting thousands of eligible citizens out to fill-in new voter registration forms in the top 16 cities across the United States including Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Richmond and St. Louis.

While originally aiming to register a minimum of 50,000 voters within the 24-hour time span, HHC CEO Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr. weighed in on the one-day turnout that is still being calculated.

"It was wonderful. We didn't reach the 50,000," Yearwood, Jr. told SOHH. "Our total yesterday, in one-day, was 14,259 people which is pretty good. I still don't think it's a bad number."

Although votes are still being totaled, he did reveal an unexpected record that has already been broken from the event.

"We did break the record for voter restoration applications processed for people that have been convicted of felonies," he revealed. "For those people who were restoring their rights, 461 people got their rights restored on the spot."

In related news, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z will be supporting the final days of voter registration and publicly co-signing Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama this weekend with two free shows in Detroit and Miami, according to Billboard.

Tickets for the shows are reportedly being offered at numerous Obama campaign offices in both cities.

Despite the election being over a month away, eligible voters may still register online at "Rock The Vote." The last day to register varies throughout the country.

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