'Souls to the Polls' events encourage early voting

The Pitt County NAACP is encouraging people to take advantage of early voting.

The organization hosted a "Souls to the Polls" event at the Pitt County Agricultural Center Sunday.

Church members drove to the early voting site to cast their ballot.

Marques Thompson with Democracy NC says this event combines two key aspects of the African-American community, voting and ministry.

"It's very important that people come out because we don't just have the presidential race that people focus on. In North Carolina this year we have so many races that are on the polls. We have the governor's race, you have down ballot races, you local legislative races," Thompson said.

Pitt County School Board Member, Mary Blount-Williams, also attended the event.

She said, "It means that the community comes together as a whole, especially our faith-based community. After their church services we'll come out and fellowship and be a more informed voter and have an opportunity to meet the candidates that they're voting for."

Early voting runs through November 5th in North Carolina.