Today, National Voter Registration Day hundreds of organizations and thousands of volunteers are collaborating to register tens of thousands of people, encourage those already registered to pledge to vote, and educate new voters.
Six million voters were unable to vote in 2008 because they missed registration deadlines or had other difficulties with the registration process. With only 41 days left until Nov. 8, Election Day, it is essential to act quickly to include all eligible voters in the political process; many states close their voter rolls a month or more before the election.
For National Voter Registration Day, grassroots and local organizations have coordinated efforts to register eligible citizens online, in person, and through media outlets. Volunteers are strategically placed in transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting events, concerts and other high-traffic areas. In addition to traditional paper forms of registration, there is a push for online registration.
Those already registered are encouraged to pledge to vote on Election Day and encourage their family and friends to register and vote. The National Voter Registration Day campaign also is providing social media mechanisms to encourage participation in today’s celebration of democracy.
Using this link, voters can change profile pictures and share graphics via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Tumbler and other outlets to spread the message of National Voter Registration Day.
Although interest in politics has increased among young voters, new laws in many states endanger the voting rights of millions of Millennial voters, citizens of color, seniors, and the disabled. It is
vital that as many people as possible participate in National Voter Registration Day to celebrate honor our democracy and set aside partisanship to ensure that every adult American has easy access to the ballot.
Office: Common Cause National
Issues: Voting and Elections