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Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann speaks about the importance of voting at Hawkins Elementary School Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

posted Aug 22, 2018, 7:28 AM by Dominique Hilton   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 9:31 AM ]
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was in Hattiesburg Tuesday to speak to students about the importance of voting and getting their parents to vote.   

He launched his annual "Promote the Vote" effort at Hawkins Elementary School and Hattiesburg High School. 

It includes a mock election in October, an art contest and an essay contest.

It is open to grades K-12. 

"We want these kids and these young men and women to grow up and cast a ballot but we also want them to talk at the kitchen table during October," Hosemann said. 

"Even though we have a right to vote in Mississippi, I think we have an obligation to vote and we're trying to teach that from the beginning up." 

In 2017, about 83,000 students in 350 schools across the state got involved in "Promote the Vote."

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