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Huntsville leaders host block party in Butler Terrace to encourage voting

Huntsville Housing Authority and community leaders hosted a block party in the Butler Terrace public housing development.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — On Sunday, Huntsville leaders hosted a block party near the Butler Terrace public housing development to encourage people to vote on Election Day. Organizations include the Huntsville Housing Authority, No More Dirty, Inc., Lift Our Vote, Vote Gone Viral, and Vote Huntsville.

The block party featured live music, free food, and even a bike and car show. 

Leaders say their message is 'Let's Vote', and 'Everyday is Election Day'. Organizers say they're using different means, such as the block party, to emphasize that every vote counts.

"Everyday is Election Day. And we want to make sure our politicians understand the importance of the power of the vote here in our inner city. Often times we get overlooked. So, I think for us doing this we give them an opportunity to understand that this vote is important as well," says Huntsville Housing Authority Executive Director, Antonio McGinnis.

Meanwhile, leaders say some local members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and other volunteers canvassed more than 200 homes in the Butler Terrace community. Leaders say this helps eliminate transportation and overall builds relationships.

"The whole point of this is relationships. When people know that you care, then they'll go and do, or they will at least explore and see what it is that needs to get done," says Huntsville Housing Authority Youth & Family Services Coordinator, Frederick Whitlow, II.

Organizers plan to visit different public housing communities for the next four weeks.

[WATCH: Hear from Huntsville Housing Authority]