- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston County is working with veterans in an effort to encourage more people to vote.

The new program is called Vote in Honor of a Veteran. As part of the effort, the county Board of Elections and Voter Registration is working with military groups and organizations to provide speakers for schools, clubs and community events.

The idea is to encourage people to vote in honor of veterans, who have made sacrifices in order to protect American freedoms, including the right to vote.

Organizers say only 39 percent of registered voters went to the polls that during last year’s gubernatorial election. The program is part of an effort to increase that number.

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