Now that the big California recall election is over, it’s a great time to focus on getting ready for the next elections. After all, voting is the centerpiece of our American democracy, and you can’t vote unless you’re registered.
And a week from tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day!
The conservative estimate from the Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that just over 1 in 5 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. So, focusing on voter registration is a great place to focus our energies right now. In the last “off-cycle” National Voter Registration Day, they registered over 470,000. Let’s all pitch in and see if we can help boost that number!
Here’s a few ways you can do that starting now:
1 First, make sure YOU are registered to vote. It is a good thing to check on a regular basis especially with more states regularly purging voters. Go to I Will Vote and check to make sure you have an active registration.
2 Add the I Will Vote link in the address book of your phone. Then share that contact whenever the opportunity strikes.
3 See if there’s an official National Voter Registration Day event in your community. Type in your zip code into their Events page. If there is one, tell your friends and go yourself!
4 You can also check with your county’s Democratic party chapter and ask if you can help register voters with them.
5 If any of your friends/family live overseas or are serving in the military overseas, tell them that the U.S. Vote Foundation can help them get registered to vote, and can give them the information they need to vote.
6 You may talk to people who haven’t registered to vote because they don’t have the right ID. Here’s how to help them.
7 Post on social media. Write a message to encourage people to register to vote. Reference National Voter Registration Day and use their hashtags to get your post seen by more people. Be sure to give them a helpful resource like the I Will Vote website, and use a photo or gif to get extra attention.
In conclusion, every vote matters. When you vote, that’s one more vote for your desired candidate. But if you register others to vote, you are multiplying your effectiveness and helping to create the coalition of voters we need to send powerful messages to our government.
Which of these actions will you take today?