Deadline approaches to register to vote for August primary

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Time is running out to register to vote for the August primary election.

A coalition of civic, labor, and religious groups gathered at the Old Capitol in Tallahassee Tuesday to urge Floridians to make sure their voting registration is up to date.

Some at the rally wore shirts that read "Missing" to symbolize the many voters who failed to cast ballots in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

Dale Landry of the NAACP said too many black voters did not show up in the 2010 election.

"So borrowing a term of someone else we all love dearly, 'Let's get to work' and give power back to the people and let's vote," he said. 

The groups are kicking off a voter registration campaign called "Got Power?" that aims to get people to the polls for the primary election on August 14 and the general election on November 6.

Jessica Lowe-Minor of the League of Women Voters of Florida said registering to vote gives you the power to have a say on issues affecting your life.

"This is a critical election season and the League of Women Voters encourages all eligible citizens to make their voice heard by getting their vote counted. Remember Democracy is not a spectator sport. Don't be one of the missing. Be ready to vote this fall."

The deadline to vote for the August primary is next Monday, July 16.

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