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    SEPTEMBER 20, 2013   

    Celebrate National Voter Registration Day in Bryant Park (9/24)

    America Ferrera, actor, activist, and Voto Latino representative, League of Women Voters, CUNY, JASA, NALEO, NYC Board of Elections, New York Organ Donor Network, Rock the Vote, and Voto Latino host major voter registration event

    WHAT: National Voter Registration Day Registration Drive

    On September 24, 2013, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day 2013. Several groups will come together for a major voter registration event in Bryant Park from 11am-3pm to offer voter registration and provide information about the voting process as well as a raffle off a variety of prizes.  vote-themed giveaways and raffles 

    WHERE: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, New York, New York

    WHEN: September 24, 2013 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM

    Reporters and media should arrive no later than 12:45 to set up for 1:00 PM rally, photo ops and expert interview opportunities.


    • America Ferrera, actor, activist, and Voto Latino representative
    • Elisabeth MacNamara, National President, League of Women Voters
    • Jay Hershenson, Senior Vice Chancellor of CUNY
    • Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the NYC Board of Elections

    Sponsors of this event include the League of Women Voters of the city of New York, City University of New York (CUNY), Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA), National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, New York City Board of Elections, New York Organ Donor Network, Rock the Vote, and Voto Latino. 

    WHY: With fewer than one in five eligible New Yorkers casting a ballot in the last Mayoral election, this year’s National Voter Registration Day event in Bryant Park is intended to maximize voter turnout in the 2013 city-wide election, and to emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy democracy by exercising the right to vote in every election. This year millions of Americans will vote in important elections this November. Nationwide, more than 5,000 races and ballot initiatives will be decided this year. These races are about jobs, economic security, the environment, health care and our communities. National Voter Registration Day is the perfect time to register for the first time, update your voter registration if you have moved, or ask your friends and family to make sure they’re registered.

    CONTACT: Ashton Stewart, NYC League of Women Voters, ashton@lwvnyc.org and by phone 212-725-3541.

    Your vote is your voice! Join us on September 24th to make sure every New Yorker’s voice is heard this November!


    The League of Women Voters of the City of New York is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote informed and active participation in government.  It neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact:        Kelly Ceballos

    www.lwv.org                                                                                                  202-263-1331

    November 6, 2012                                                                                         kceballos@lwv.org



    Count all the Votes

    Statement by Elisabeth MacNamara, National President of the League of Women Voters

    Washington, D.C. – “Today is Election Day and it is the day that the pollsters pack their bags and the voters cast their ballots.  Voters, especially those in New Jersey and New York, deserve to be applauded for their deep commitment to voting and for their patience and perseverance.  Voters everywhere have shown real dedication by voting early, standing in long lines when necessary, and making sure their voices were heard.  Voters clearly understood just how much is at stake.

    “It looks like the 2012 elections will be close.  This means that everyone should be patient while elections officials count all the votes.  State laws vary on the timing and process for counting ballots including how to handle absentee, mail-in, emergency, affidavit and provisional ballots.  It is of the utmost importance to ensure that the votes of all eligible voters are counted.  

    If it takes time to count all the eligible ballots, this doesn’t signify a failure of the elections process. It is democracy in action.  This is our democracy, the best in the world.  We want an accurate count, not a fast count.

    “The many organizations that encouraged voter participation and helped people navigate the hurdles throughout the election process also deserve praise.  Voters turned out, to what level we will have to wait and see, but voters clearly want a say in the future of their communities.

    In keeping with the organization’s 92-year-old tradition, League volunteers registered tens of thousands of new voters this year and advocated tirelessly for fair, free and accessible elections for all voters.  And voters turned to the League’s election site VOTE411.org for reliable, nonpartisan information on polling locations, the candidates and more.  VOTE411.org served more than two million voters throughout the 2012 election cycle.

    “While we are aware that there have been problems at the polls today, it remains to be seen how widespread they will turn out to be.  Today, as with early voting, unplanned turnout around the country is causing long lines and is testing the capacity of the election system, which may slow the reporting of results in certain places.  It is the counting of the votes that is now the most important thing.

    Contact Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org to find out more or to schedule an interview.


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     The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  VOTE411.org is the place to go for the election information you need.