National Voter Registration Day is coming! Leagues around the country have kicked their election-season planning into high gear, with a lot of attention paid to plans to make this year’s National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on Tuesday, September 23, the biggest ever! Here are four things we’re most excited about for National Voter Registration Day.
More than 1,000 nonprofits, government officials, businesses and other groups have already signed up to participate in National Voter Registration Day 2014, the third annual holiday to register voters. They’re all in for one reason: they believe voting is something to celebrate, and they’re committed to spreading the word to every eligible American. As my League colleague, Cheryl Graeve, puts it, “I vote because it is a simple and powerful act. Every individual, regardless of wealth or heritage, has the same opportunity to vote and create honest change." Cheers to that!
The League is on track to have an unprecedented number of NVRD participants in 2014. Nearly 300 League affiliates participated in both NVRD 2012 and 2013, and we are on track to top that in 2014! Not only has NVRD been a fun way for League volunteers to get out and know their communities, but the day has also helped leverage the League’s grassroots power around a single day of action on voter registration. The result? Almost 10,000 new voters registered by Leagues on one single day in 2012 and again in 2013.
Everyone is getting onboard the #celebrateNVRD train! Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Beck, Usher, Pearl Jam, the President and thousands of other public figures have publicly supported the goals of National Voter Registration Day. And recently, the bipartisan National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), representing chief state elections officials from every state, issued a 5-year resolution declaring the last Tuesday of September as National Voter Registration Day.
Everybody can get involved in this important holiday! If you volunteer with your local League of Women Voters or another community organization, there is still time to talk with your team and sign up as a partner. You’ll be provided with free training materials (including free posters if you sign up before September 5th!) in order to start planning a community registration event for National Voter Registration Day on September 23. Or, you can celebrate as an individual by encouraging your social networks, email contacts and friends and family to register to vote or update their registration if they’ve moved, changed their name or changed their political affiliation since the last election.
We hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer full of friends, family and fun. But in between those beach weekends and barbeques, we hope you’ll make sure September 23 is circled on your calendar! Can’t wait to see you out there on National Voter Registration Day.