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It’s a fact – we are truly in the breakneck pace of the election cycle. Governor Mitt Romney has selected his running mate; President Obama and Governor Romney have accepted their party’s nomination at the national conventions; and the first debate is less than a month away. In a time when politicians always seem to be campaigning, the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to burn a little brighter.
But this is not the time to rest on our laurels, this is when organizations like the League of Women Voters have to kick it into high gear! Not only are we still battling against pending voter identification laws in South Carolina, Minnesota, and other states, but we’re also reaching out to potential voters, getting them the information they need about voting in their precinct through VOTE411.org. And were working across the country to register thousands of new voters at community colleges, bus stops, baseball games and naturalization ceremonies, and over 200 Leagues are participating in National Voter Registration Day on September 25th!
To help highlight all of this incredible work happening on the ground, later this week, I will embark on visits to as many as 10 battleground states to observe and promote the great work being accomplished by Leagues. I’ll be crisscrossing the country to meet with elections officials, speaking with the media, attending conferences, helping register voters, and much, much more.
I’m kicking off my trip in Ohio, then heading to states like Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Virginia in the next six weeks leading up to Election Day to make sure citizens across this great country know how to get the information they need to cast their ballots.