League of Woman Voters chalk sidewalks to promote voting

Posted at 4:58 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 19:53:31-04

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day, and all across the country groups were setting up locations for people to register for this year’s election.

One group is taking the message to vote to Omaha sidewalks.

The League of Woman Voters recruited a 2D design class at Metro Community College to design stencils.

Each stencil will be used to chalk messages onto sidewalks.

“it is basically just getting out the message that it is going to be time to vote soon,” said student Shea Wilkinson.

The students went around and started chalking the MCC campus on Tuesday and the LWV will take the stencils all across town.

“We have locations set up for the DMV, the public libraries, we are going to do the major bus stops, we are going to be at several of the colleges and universities, anywhere that people want to have the message on their property,” said Carolyn Thiele,  who is the chair of Get Out and Vote for the LWV.

They want to really focus on North and South Omaha, stencils were even made is Spanish.

“We want to make sure people understand that there are a lot of local things they can vote on,” said Wilkinson.

Rain will eventually wash the messages away, but organizers hope they will last long enough to get an important point across.

“We really want people to remember how important their vote is and be ready to vote on Election Day,” said Thiele.