SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The clock is ticking with the November 3 election less than two weeks away.
On Wednesday, the New England Patriots Foundation showed up in Springfield to encourage voters to hit the polls.
The event lasted about half an hour at American International College, but local leaders including Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni hope it will have a lasting impact by getting people out to vote.
“There are so many great things about America - First Amendment, protests. A lot of things that we get to do, you can’t do in other countries, but the most powerful, special, and impactful thing any of us do is voting,” said Josh Kraft, president of the Patriots Foundation.
Denise Jordan, executive director of the Springfield Housing Authority, was among the speakers. She said one vote does make a difference.
“I am very cognizant of the fact that people who look like me, they sacrificed their lives and some died for me to have the right to vote and for people that look like me to vote. I serve one of the most vulnerable populations in the Commonwealth and those are people that live in public housing and we stress to them that their votes count,” Jordan added.
COVID-19 was top of mind with everyone attending the event socially distanced and the podium wiped down in between each speaker.
The moderator was Gulluni. He is calling on the younger generations to head to the polls.
“One community that I would highlight is young people. Young people have gotten so engaged in politics and civics in the last year in particular around protests in the tragedy with George Floyd and the things that follow that now is the time where I think young people are paying attention,” Gulluni explained.
Gulluni said historically, younger people have been under-represented at the polls and it’s important for everyone to get out and vote.