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Georgia Democrats Urge Residents 'To Prevent Another Ferguson' By Voting Early

Shiron Hagens, of St. Louis, looks to register voters at a rally in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 near the site wh
Shiron Hagens, of St. Louis, looks to register voters at a rally in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 near the site where Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white police officer three weeks earlier. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

Georgia's Democratic party has a message for voters: Cast your ballot early if you don't want to see a repeat of the fatal shooting of a black, unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo.

"If you want to prevent another Ferguson in their future...vote," says a mailer distributed by the group which was, first reported in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Accompanying the text is a picture of two young children holding up "Don't Shoot" signs.

The August shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is recounted inside the mailer, which has already drawn backlash from some conservatives. "What are we going to do about it? If we want a better, safer future for our children, it's up to us to vote for change," it says, before touting early voting as "an easier, more convenient option" and listing nearby polling places.

Closer to home, politicians and activists including the Rev. Al Sharpton have tried to increase voter registration in Ferguson itself. Officials erroneously announced a surge in registration after the shooting, before sharply correcting the number downwards.

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