Advocates hold ‘Get Out the Vote’ rally in downtown Lafayette

The Younger Women's Task Force held a Get Out the Vote rally in downtown Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, to motivate community members to cast their ballots. (WLFI Photo/Jamie Long)
The Younger Women's Task Force held a Get Out the Vote rally in downtown Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, to motivate community members to cast their ballots. (WLFI Photo/Jamie Long)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Local activists took to the streets of Lafayette to remind people to vote in the upcoming election.

The Younger Women’s Task Force held a Get Out the Vote rally in downtown Wednesday.

A group of about 20 people marched from Riehle Plaza to the Tippecanoe County Office Building, where they stopped and voted.

Task force member Melissa Gruver said the goal of the rally is to get people to vote early and not wait until the last minute.

“I think there’s a lot of things that can just come up or you might wake up and might be confused about the day,” Gruver said. “Voting early is important to make sure you get it done.”

Another task force member Vanessa Pacheco said the group encourages women to be involved in the political process.

“We really want women, specifically, to feel like they can and do represent Greater Lafayette,” Pacheco said. “I think a huge piece of that is really seeing yourself as person who has a stake in what happens here in this community.”

The Younger Women’s Task Force formed in the summer of 2016. Its mission is to fight for issues like equal pay and stopping violence toward women.