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'Fuel the Vote' event aimed to register voters, provide essentials to those in need

Posted at 5:10 PM, Sep 27, 2020

PHOENIX — Several different organizations came together Sunday to host a unique event with the goal of registering 2,000 new voters and providing food, clothing and other household essentials to those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, called “Fuel the Vote,” took place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside Phoenix College.

“We reach out to, primarily communities of color and young people and, so, we’re finding that these folks usually are not registered to vote for a variety of reasons,” Araceli Villezcas, program coordinator for One Arizona, told ABC15. One Arizona partnered with the national non-profit When We All Vote to host the event.

“What we really care about is making sure people are able to exercise their right to vote, and this is the perfect way of doing it, no matter your political affiliation,” she said.

Richard Polanco picked up several of his friends to give them the opportunity to take part in the event.

“It’s fantastic,” he said. “It’s going to tremendously help them,” adding one of those friends recently became a U.S. citizen and was looking forward to voting.

While Villezcas said they are not planning any other similar events this year, One Arizona and partner organizations will be conducting additional voter registration efforts over the coming week ahead of the October 5 deadline.