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Voter registration drive and men's breakfast take place Saturday

COVINGTON - If you're not registered to vote, here's your chance.

A voter registration drive will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the future site of the Nelson Heights Community Center, at the corner of Puckett and Laseter streets in Covington.

The drive is being organized by Nelson Heights resident Greg Shy, who said he's concerned about a lack of participation at the polls by residents from the Nelson Heights and Green Acres area.

"It's an outreach for my community. The Nelson Heights, Green Acres area is the largest African-American neighborhood in the city," Shy said.

The registration drive is open to anyone in the community, he said.

Residents will be given registration forms that they can either fill out on the spot or mail in to the Board of Elections.

"I'm just trying to help everybody I can, black and white," Shy said. "They need to be educated. They need to vote, because their vote counts."

June 16 is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the July 15 general primary.

Prior to the registration drive, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Shy's church, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church at 2051 Henderson Mill Road, will hold a men's breakfast open to men of all ages throughout the county.

Guests will include Jimmy Clark, Democratic candidate for District 3 commissioner, and Ezell Brown, Democratic candidate for sheriff.

The breakfast is free and reservations are not required.

"We are men working to try to make a difference in our community, our church and in our families," Shy said.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.