With the United States' voter registration rate among the lowest in the developed world, there's no doubt we need a National Voter Registration Day. But, if our country wants to work towards a goal of getting more Americans to vote, we also need a Voting Restoration Day.
Everyone wants to be invited to the party -- and Rock the Vote wants to tell you about a party that everyone over 18 is invited too. It's voting, and earlier this week Rock the Vote celebrated the day that helps get everyone on the invite list: National Voter Registration Day.
We come from all walks of life, and we vote for lots of different reasons. But today, 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.
In 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters to democratize the vote. Since then, League members across the country have worked tirelessly to strengthen our democracy and ensure equality for all.
In framing the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers underscored the importance of America's voting system, which they believed to be critical to a strong democracy. Today, we still have work to do to make the most out of our nation's voting system.
Historic, prediction-defying, shocking. These are some of the words used in the past week and a half to describe the outcomes of the November 6th election. Inspiring. That's the word I keep coming back to.
This fall, as the candidates are crisscrossing the country, I, too, am on the road. My mission is different: My focus is on powering voters for Election Day, ensuring that every eligible voter is prepared and able to vote.
I hope you will join citizens all across the nation - people of every party and political persuasion - as we put our differences aside and come together to celebrate the rights that unite us as Americans.
Let's be proactive and organize our families, friends and communities to register to vote on September 25th. If we are going to make every vote count, it is crucial for communities to participate in National Voter Registration Day and turn out on November 6th.
Let's show our candidates that regardless of our tax bracket our voices can be heard. We have a duty for ourselves and for the generations that follow to elect people with the common man's interests at heart.
In honor of National Voter Registration Day, Dave Matthews Band is releasing an updated edition of the video for their new single "Mercy" with a special message from Dave about voting. Dave Matthews is not alone in encouraging fans to register to vote.
While I've heard the rumors that young people are going to sit this election out, that they are disaffected and unenthusiastic, after personally registering a couple thousand of them to vote in the last six months, I feel confident in saying that those rumors are false.