Did you know that in 2008, six million Americans did not vote because they did not know how to register, or they missed their state’s voter registration deadline, according to the U.S. Census.
Today is National Voter Registration Day. While this isn’t a presidential election year, there are 1,500 statewide and local races, as well as ballot initiatives to be decided this year alone. Not having a presidential election to contend with allows us more time and energy to focus on these state and local elections, which can be vital for issues of funding education, resolving student debt crises, protecting social service programs, stimulating the economy, protecting the environment, and much more.
Forms for registering to vote in New York state can be accessed online at the NYS Board of Elections website. In New York, voters must register at least 25 days before the elections.
Today, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations all over the country are out and about for National Voter Registration Day. Technology and media efforts are part of the mix. Some businesses are providing space for volunteers to offer voter registration to their customers. Some high schools are making registration available to eligible seniors.
What are you doing today to help voters register? Share with us here in the comments!
Post the National Voter Registration Day sites on your Facebook. Spread the words: Voting matters.