Rockford leaders encourage people to vote while celebrating MLK Day

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Local leaders say too many citizens believe their vote doesn't matter and their mission is to prove them wrong.

"I believe our country has become sort of split you know and very hard words are said between the splits and I don't think that is good for our country. So rather than argue I think it is important to register and vote,” said Joan Sveda, Registrar.

Sveda felt the best way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day was to encourage citizens to cast a ballot.

"I just think it's important that all groups come together regardless of color or whatever religion you are," Sveda said.

Sveda along with dozens of others made their way to the Nordlof Center for the kick-off of registration frenzy where they learned about Dr. King’s fight to make the election process open to all.

"We need to bring people into this process to make this a more perfect union,” said Beth McGowan, WILPF.

"It's really important to understand the history of Dr. Martin Luther King and keep that going. So you have someone you can relate not only working for people and being for people but understanding the importance and value of people," said Mercedes Joyner, NAACP.

"Martin Luther King Day really should be a day for our community and our democracy and the expansion of democracy," McGowan said.

If you would like to register to vote you can head to the board of elections office.