By Safiyah Gray
the Hillside Chronicle
Hillside High School
Hillside history teacher Bryan Proffitt works with an organization called People’s Durham, which is a group of students, teachers and parents who come together to solve problems related to education and the economy.
The group will be going out to working-class neighborhoods and trying to get people to vote in the upcoming election.
Hillside English teacher Holly Jordan is also a part of People’s Durham, and she said, “I think that People’s Durham has the right vision on improving society.”
“That’s why People’s Durham is going out to these working-class neighborhoods to get people to vote for the candidate that changes the way we see society today,” she explained.
“People should vote based on what role they feel like the government should play,” Proffitt said.
“It’s way more important to get active and change how the system works than to change who’s in charge,” he added.
Proffitt said there has never been a point in the history of the United States where the people on the bottom have been able to create a world that works for them.
“If you want to change how the system works, you need to go to those who know what they need to make changes in the system,” he explained. “We’re going to talk to people about things in their community that they would like to change and make better.”
People’s Durham will be starting a student club to get more students involved and active with happenings in their community. On Oct. 6 Proffitt and his crewmembers started training for canvassing so the volunteers will know how to approach different people when asking them if they would be interested in voting.
Proffitt also explained that how things work now only works for a small percentage of people.
“Our guess is if the people on the bottom could choose how the system worked, it would work for more people,” he said.
Senior Cameron Hall said he will be canvassing and participating in the early voting.
“I feel good, and once we start going out and educating people, I think we will end up with good results,” he said.
A GUIDE TO VOTING IN DURHAM COUNTY
Q. What are the qualifications I must meet to vote?
A. Voters must be a resident of Durham County and must be 18 years old by the date of the general election.
Q. How do I register to vote?
A. A voter’s registration application must be completed and mailed to the elections office 25 days before the general election. After application is processed, a voter’s information card will be mailed out including all information you will need to know concerning the election.
Q. Where do I go to vote?
A. Your voter’s information card will include the name and location of your assigned place of voting.
Q. When does the general election take place?
A. The general election is Nov. 6. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Q. When does one-stop voting take place?
A. One-stop voting will occur from Oct. 18 to Nov. 3 at selected sites.
SOURCE: Durham County Board of Elections