Remarks by Elisabeth MacNamara, President, League of Women Voters of the U.S.

Bryant Park, NY, September 24, 2013

Good afternoon, I’m Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States.

I’m so excited to be here with you today!

Cheers to the League of Women Voters of NYC and all of our fantastic partners who have made today possible.

We are thrilled to be part of this day because voter empowerment is what we have been doing for nearly 100 years, since winning women the right to vote.

I’m so proud that more than 800 partners around the country are hosting events like this one today. And I’m so excited to announce that the League of Women Voters is hosting more than 300 of those events!

We come from all walks of life, and we vote for lots of different reasons.

But today, we stand together with one single message: 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.

New Yorkers are no stranger to contentious elections! And you have some big decisions to make on Election Day in November.

Nationwide, more than 5,000 races and ballot initiatives will be decided this year.

These races are about jobs, our economy, access to health care and safety in our communities.

This is an important time for our country and our future. It has never been more important to make sure voters have the right information about registering and voting.

And, the truth is, one in four Americans is not yet registered to vote.

We’ve come a long way, but it’s no secret that our halls of power aren’t very reflective of our communities. It’s no secret that not all voices are represented in our democracy.

But seeing all of you here today is proof that we can change that.

The League believes that by registering and voting, we all can have a say on the issues that matter most to us.

We all deserve the chance to take part in deciding the direction our country is headed, and we all have a role to play in standing up for what we believe in.

Thank you so much for being here. Please help us spread the word by telling your friends and family: each and every one of us can single-handedly improve our democracy, but only if we participate.

Voter registration deadlines are coming soon. Please head over to the table to register, or update your registration if you’ve moved since the last election.

While you’re there, be sure to fill out our postcard and let the New York City League volunteers know you want them to send you important updates about who will be on your ballot, when the polls will be open on Election Day, and how you can find out more at our handy website:  VOTE411.org.

Thanks very much for being here!