Today is National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), the day for eligible Americans everywhere to register to vote! Voting is our chance to stand up for our families and communities by letting politicians know what matters to us. Voting is our duty and responsibility as citizens. With Election Day, November 4, just around the corner, now is the time for all of us to get ready to participate and to help our friends and family get ready too!
The League of Women Voters is celebrating National Voter Registration Day because registering to vote is the key way to ensure that you can engage in our country's political process. 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.
The entire House of Representatives and dozens of US Senate and Governor's races will be decided by voters this year. The candidates for these offices, and thousands of others, are asking for a shot at the job of representing you. And guess what? Each of us gets to decide who we want to hire. These races are about jobs, our economy, access to health care and safety in our communities.
That's why it's critical that each of us registers to vote -- and that we encourage the people in our lives to do the same!
Today, volunteers from 400 Leagues across 48 states are among the over 2,000 partner organizations holding thousands of voter registration events across the country. From high school and college campuses to concerts and public health centers, the League of Women Voters and our partners will be out in full force to register eligible voters!
In 2012 and 2013, National Voter Registration Day partners helped 350,000 voters register to vote on this single day of nationwide action. Today -- with your help -- we want to empower even more voters! In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, here's how you can join us in Making Democracy Work®.
- Find a National Voter Registration Day event near you! Leagues across the country are holding voter registration events at libraries, senior centers, government buildings, churches, high schools, colleges, cookouts, city plazas, public health centers and more! For the second year in a row, the League of Women Voters of the City of New York (LWVNYC) is bringing together a wide range of partners and pulling out all the stops with a day-long voter registration party at City Hall Park! Find a National Voter Registration Day event near you!
- Already registered? Make sure your voter registration record is up-to-date! Have you recently moved? Maybe you changed your name or party affiliation? Then you may need to update your voter registration record. To do so, simply visit VOTE411.org and use the voter registration tool to easily update your information.
- Help a friend register to vote! Research shows that personally asking someone to register and vote is the single most effective method. Do you know someone who just turned 18, became a U.S. citizen or recently moved and needs to update his or her registration record? Send them our eCard and ask them to register! Then, talk to them about why voting is important to you and point them to VOTE411.org to answer any questions they may have about the upcoming election!
- Learn about the voting process - and tell your friends and family! Voting is simple once you know the ropes! Visit VOTE411.org to learn all the information you need to vote, including your state's voter registration deadlines, voting rules or requirements, and absentee and early voting options.
- Spread the word! Take to social media and use the hashtag #celebrateNVRD to do your part to make sure that no voters are left behind! Be sure to follow the League at @LWV.