As people line up outside of Popeyes restaurants to try the fast food chain’s notorious new chicken sandwich, a 17-year-old boy took advantage of the hype to make a difference in his community.

David Ledbetter spent his Saturday outside of a Popeyes restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina so he could register customers to vote.

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Though the high school senior was pleased to discover that many of the customers were already registered, he was able to help register more than a dozen new voters while handing out sample ballots and pamphlets to people standing in line.

David says that he came up with the idea as he was discussing voter engagement tactics with local attorney Stephanie Sneed who is running for the local school board.


“We were seeing how long the lines were [at Popeyes] and figured we would try to go get individuals to vote,” the teen told CNN.

Additionally, he told local reporters that he wanted to register voters because he “saw there was a lack of young people politically involved.”

“I believe that it is our duty to vote as American citizens and it would be wrong not to exercise our political voice,” he added.

Though Ledbetter is not currently old enough to vote, he is already pre-registered to vote once he turns 18.

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