I made it over to the Davidson County Election Commission this morning for the beginning of early voting and spoke with representatives of several African-American women's organizations, who were obviously part of a well-organized effort to get their members to the polls early.
Representing the local chapters of a variety of civic organizations and wearing black, they noticeably made up the majority of voters who showed up within the first hour of the polls being open.
“We all decided we were going to be here the first day, dressed in black, business attire, because we thought this was serious business,” said Lorraine Greene, who wore pins for Delta Sigma Theta as well as the Coalition of 100 Black Women.
Polling locations will be open Monday through Saturday for early voting, until Thursday, Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 6.
Greene explained that the National Coalition of 100 Black Women regularly encourages women to vote early and that this year the Delta Sigma Theta sorority asked its members across the state to be among the first to vote on Oct. 17. Locally, Greene said, those organizations reached out to other groups, including the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and a number of other civic and church organizations for women, and invited them to join in the effort.
She estimated that around 150 women from the various groups showed up together for the opening of the polls Wednesday. And as the morning went on, they kept coming.
Information for times and locations for early voting can be found here.