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Doughbeezy, Chingo Bling, Niceguys Hope to Make Voting "Hip and Fun" (UPDATED)

CORRECTION: Day and a Dream is co-sponsoring this weekend's Space City Beat Battle, not Hip Hop the Vote. Between emailing about the two events, we got our wires crossed. Rocks Off regrets the error.

The election is coming, and even in such a polarizing political climate exemplified by Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remarks that dominated news about the presidential campaign last week, far too many people can't be bothered to vote.

Disenfranchisement -- a $10 word that not only means you can't or don't vote, but a general feeling that your opinion doesn't matter -- is especially acute among the young, minorities and the underprivileged. According to the Houston grass-roots activist organization Texans Together, more than 600,000 eligible citizens in Harris County are unregistered to vote, far too many of them in one or more of the above categories.

What these potential voters need is someone who can explain to them why voting matters, help them get registered and somehow convince them that "voting can be hip and fun." Indeed.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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