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Teenager Registers People to Vote in Popeyes' Chicken Line

When he saw the crowd of young people in line to try the new chicken sandwich, he decided to take advantage.


If you've logged on to social media at all in the last few weeks, you know that Popeyes' has recently added a new fried chicken sandwich to their menu.

David Ledbetter, 17, saw an opportunity when crowds of people gathered at his local Popeyes restaurant in North Carolina earlier this week to try the new sandwich.

"All week I've been seeing people waiting in line for the Popeyes' chicken sandwich. So we thought that we should register people to vote while they waited," Ledbetter told Because of Them We Can .

(Source: @jay.ross29 )

After attending a caucus meeting in Charlotte where he was one of only a few young people there, Ledbetter has been interested in getting more young people involved in politics.

"I wanted to start an initiative to allow more youth to become politically involved, so I thought registering people to vote and handing out information on voting would be the best way to engage," he said.

Ledbetter, who is looking forward to casting his first vote next November, was able to register 16 people to vote that day - he was happy to hear that most people there were already registered. He plans to go back to Popeye's again, along with other high traffic areas, to make sure people his age are informed about politics and are registered to vote.

(Source: @dllegrande )

If you're not registered to vote and would like to, in most states you can visit Vote.gov and get registered quickly and easily . Otherwise, you can register in person with your state or local election office.

If you're not sure if you're registered correctly, you can check or change your voter registration online.

We're happy to see young people getting involved in the voting process - even if it takes a viral fast food craze to make it happen!

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