Club One getting MTV's attention

`Rock the Vote' to hit popular local nightspot

August 28, 2004|By Stephen Kiehl

MTV's "Rock the Vote" campaign hits Baltimore tonight with a voter registration drive and other events at Club One downtown.

One of Baltimore's most popular nightclubs, Club One will distribute information on the Democratic and Republican parties to club-goers and encourage them to register to vote. City Council member Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. is also scheduled to make an appearance, along with other area politicians and candidates.

The event organizer and a Club One promoter, Heidi Klotzman, said young people seem more engaged in this election than in previous ones, and she hopes to capitalize on that and get them to the polls in November.

"All these issues, in terms of the economy and foreign affairs, are affecting their friends and their family members overseas and at home," Klotzman said. "I see the apathy slowly subsiding."

The event starts at 10 p.m. at Club One, 300 E. Saratoga St. The $10 cover charge will be waived, Klotzman said, for those who e-mail her at club1promo_hlk@comcast.net.

Councilman Mitchell, a Democrat who is up for re-election this year, said the event is one of several young voter drives he is attending this summer and fall. "They're seeing that the U.S. has lost its moral fiber," he said. "There's a sense to get it back and to participate."

While the drive is nonpartisan, representatives from state and city Young Democrat clubs will be on-hand. Klotzman said she has attempted to invite Young Republican groups but has not received any responses.

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