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Women for Change hosts rally and forum urging people to vote

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CARBONDALE -- A group in Carbondale is working to get more people to the polls.

The new grassroots group, known as Women for Change, held a voter registration rally Thursday evening calling on citizens to pledge to vote in the March primary and November election.

Ginger Rye, president of Women for Change, explained how the group continues its "9,000 by November" initiative, hoping to reach its goal of 4,500 voters in Carbondale and 9,000 voters in Jackson County by November.

"We're trying to empower our neighborhood," Rye said. "If you do not vote, you really do not have a voice."

Following the rally, the group held an open forum where judicial candidates spoke and answered questions from community members.

“I wanted to introduce to our community, judges, people that actually make decisions and have an impact in the lives of many of us, our children, our grandchildren, our nephews, our nieces," Rye said.

The forum included at-large first circuit court judge candidates Amanda Gott, Tyler Edmonds, Carey C. Gill and Jason A. Olson. It also included resident first circuit court judge candidates Steven Bost, Brian L. Roberts and Christy Solverston.

The primary is on March 20, 2018. You can find Jackson County election polling places and district maps here.

Click here to visit the "9000 by November" challenge page.

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