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Local non-partisan organizations team up to host "Stoke the Vote" ahead of primary elections

The event ran from 11 a.m. through 11 p.m.
Posted at 7:39 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 11:55:47-05

Two local San Luis Obispo non-partisan organizations joined forces Saturday in hopes of increasing the number of registered voters.

Stoke the World, a nonprofit organization based on local volunteerism, and SLO Brew Rock partnered up with artists, musicians and local officials to host "Stoke The Vote".

The event took place at SLO Brew Rock in San Luis Obispo and ran from 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. Organizers hoped to make the registration process smooth and enjoyable with live music and dancing.

"It doesn't have to be a chore, it can be an experience instead," said Jean Balsz, founder of Stoke The World.

One of the organizers for the event said people are often confused about where they are registered to vote.

San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon said she believes every vote is crucial during the upcoming elections.

“The first time I ran for mayor, I won by only 46 votes, so every vote really does matter," said Mayor Harmon. "I think if people want to reject voting as some sort of revolutionary idea, it's not. It's more of a surrender. I would encourage people to know that showing up and voting is crucial."

Over 50 volunteers and more than a dozen artists made the event possible.

Community members were able to purchase a $25 ticket which allowed them access to a concert involving five different local bands.

To find out more about voting in California, click here.