FORT WAYNE Ind. (WPTA21) - November 3rd, people across the United States will cast their votes in races big and small. In Indiana, there's a 25-year-old woman from Fort Wayne who says she wants to create a more inclusive and diverse voter turnout across the state. So she created her own non-profit called Count US IN.
When it comes to casting ballots, Jalyn Radziminski says she wanted to find a way to increase voter turnout for under-represented communities in Indiana.
“I noticed people in my home state people were also having a lot of issues voting,” Radziminski said.
After she struggled to submit her Indiana absentee ballot last year, she got an idea.
"Why isn't there a nonpartisan group that focuses on diverse communities in Indiana?” She said.
She created her non-profit, Count US IN, and now her and a group of others are reaching out to minorities and other marginalized groups to help them register to vote.
“Let's uplift Indiana voices, lets show them, our voice matters in this national context,” Radziminski said. “I see voting as a way we can advocate for any human or social justice issue we care about.”
The non-partisan group is based out of Allen County, where county officials say overall almost 300,000 people have registered to vote so far.
Director of the Allen County Elections, Beth Delug, says over 12,000 people in Allen County have already filed for absentee ballots she says because of the pandemic.
“It's not just the presidential election but there are a lot of other important races that are on the ballot as well,” Delug said. “This community is just so wonderful to come together and get this job that we have of this election done.”
Radziminski says overall, she wants to empower and educate her community and let them know their voice matters.
“Voting is a way for us to fight to keep our rights to do it, and fight for our democracy, because the moment it fails that’s when you start to see the trickle effects of human rights atrocities,” Radziminski said.
Radziminski says her organization, Count US IN, will host weekly virtual courses for anyone looking for more information about the upcoming election and how to register to vote visit their website here.
If you would like to donate to the non-profit Count US IN to help with their efforts, visit the page here.
The deadline to register in Indiana is Monday, October 5th.