“A Charlottesville nonprofit group’s representatives might soon come knocking as part of a statewide attempt to increase voter registration and awareness of issues like health care reform.

About 50 Virginia Organizing Project interns began a 10-week door-to-door campaign throughout the state last week. Around seven are canvassing an area from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, said the group’s executive director, Joe Szakos.

The interns — who are mostly college students — are distributing voters guides and engaging residents on issues important in their communities. In some areas with low numbers of voters, the students are conducting focused drives to increase registration rolls. Part of the effort includes helping nonviolent felons regain their voting rights, Szakos said

The Virginia Organizing Project representatives will ask questions regarding the most important issues to the community, how the need for health care reform is rated and whether respondents would be willing to participate in educational forums, Szakos said.

The interns are also collecting old cell phones and printer cartridges for recycling as part of a fundraising effort, Szakos said.”

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