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Today is National Voter Registration Day

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Are you registered to vote?

Since today is National Voter Registration Day, it's a good reminder those who aren't registered that they need to get signed up before the deadline for the November 4 election.

If you're not registered, you can't vote. Your vote is your voice, and every voice matters.

 

National Voter Registration Day is being celebrated across the nation by secretaries of state and more than 700 organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the YWCA, Tumblr, Patagonia, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Univision.

It's a non-partisan event with participants from across the political spectrum. The goal of the project is to boost voter registration and increase civic engagement.

“Voter registration is the key to getting Americans participating in the political process, yet close to one in four eligible Americans is not registered to vote,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. “This includes disproportionate numbers of young Americans, minorities, low-income Americans, and those who have recently moved."

MacNamara said America has come a long way, but the halls of power aren’t very reflective of the nation's communities.

“For democracy to work best, we need everyone to weigh in,” she said.

MacNamara said there's a great deal at stake in November: the entire U.S. House of Representatives, dozens of U.S. senators and governors, and hundreds of other state and local offices will be decided by voters this year.

“These races are about jobs, economic and national security, access to health care, and safety in our communities," she said. "All Americans deserve the chance to stand up for what matters most to them. And the best way to do that is to register and vote.

“Research shows that simply asking a friend or relative to vote can have a major positive impact,” MacNamara said. “We all have people in our lives whose voter registration isn’t up to date. Send them a text or email today and help them get started by visiting the league’s election information website www.VOTE411.org.”

Copyright 2014, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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