LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS REGISTERS VOTERS AT MORE THAN 400 EVENTS

National Voter Registration Day Gateway to Voting for Thousands in November Election

Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters is proud to participate in National Voter Registration Day 2014 (NVRD), a 50-state effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters on one single day. As a founding organizing partner of NVRD and the single-largest on-the-ground organization, the League and more than 1,800 partner organizations helped register 350,000 new voters on this single day of action in 2012 and 2013.

“Today, volunteer League teams have stepped up to the challenge and have registered voters at more than 400 events around the country,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. “We are thrilled to be a part of this day because voter empowerment is what we have been doing for nearly 100 years and NVRD is the front door to participation for thousands of eligible voters.”

“Voter registration is the key to getting Americans participating in the political process, yet close to one in four eligible Americans is not registered to vote,” said MacNamara. “This includes disproportionate numbers of young Americans, minorities, low-income Americans, and those who have recently moved. We’ve come a long way, but it’s no secret that our halls of power aren’t very reflective of our communities,” said MacNamara. “For democracy to work best, we need everyone to weigh in.”

“There is a great deal at stake in November: the entire U.S. House of Representatives and dozens of U.S. Senate, Governor and hundreds of other state offices will be decided by voters this year,” MacNamara said. “These races are about jobs, economic and national security, access to health care and safety in our communities. 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.”

“Research shows that simply asking a friend or relative to vote can have a major positive impact,” noted MacNamara. “We all have people in our lives whose voter registration isn’t up to date. Send them a text or email today and help them get started by visiting the League’s election information website www.VOTE411.org.”

VOTE411, the nation’s premier online elections resource, includes information about elections across the country, including important deadlines and information regarding in-person and absentee voting, early voting options, registration deadlines, ID requirements, soon-to-come information about every candidate running for state house office or higher in every state, and other important updates regarding any changes voters should expect to see at the polls.

“This is an important time for our country and our future,” concluded MacNamara. “It has never been more important to make sure every eligible voter gets registered to vote and has all the information they need to vote on Election Day. National Voter Registration Day is a day devoted to helping reach that goal.”

Contact: Kelly Ceballos, 202-263-1331, kceballos@lwv.org

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