Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Shelby County AC Wharton To Appear At Memphis For Obama VOTE FOR CHANGE RALLY

Shelby County AC Wharton To Appear At Memphis For Obama VOTE FOR CHANGE RALLY Saturday, September 27 at 9:00 a.m.

City-Wide Voter Registration Drive To Follow

MEMPHIS, TN--On Saturday, September 27, elected officials in communities across Tennessee will come together for VOTE FOR CHANGE rallies intended to show their support for Senator Barack Obama's historic candidacy for President and to reinforce the importance of voter registration. Memphis For Obama will be hosting a rally with special guest Shelby County Mayor AC WHARTON, a long-time supporter and endorser of Senator Obama. Rallies and voter registration events are also being planned by Obama supporters in Frayser, Binghampton, and Orange Mound.

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Memphis For Obama Volunteer Office, located at 5026 Park Avenue in the Eastgate Shopping Center. The event is free and open to the public. All who attend will be called upon to take part in voter registration activities at locations across Memphis that day and throughout the rest of the following week. The Volunteer Office will remain open to the public and members of the press until 6:00 p.m.

Tennessee has not voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate since 1996, although many agree that Senator Obama's ground-breaking candidacy represents a significant opportunity to move it back into the Democrat column on November 4. Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. lost a hotly-contested contest to Bob Corker in 2006 by only 50,000 votes; it is estimated that nearly 100,000 registered Memphians did not vote in that election.

Since the Democratic primary contest earlier this year, the Memphis For Obama effort has added thousands of new Democrats to the voter rolls in Tennessee. Getting these new voters to the polls, coupled with higher-than-usual turnout in Memphis among already registered voters, could send the Volunteer State's 11 electoral votes to Senator Obama.

Details and sign-up about Mayor Wharton's VOTE FOR CHANGE rally may be found here:

Time: Saturday, September 27 at 9:00 AM
Location: 5026 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117

Note: Senator Obama will NOT attend this event.