Today is National Voter Registration Day! Voting rights advocates are using the occasion to raise awareness about the importance of voting and celebrating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
The NVRA allows people to register to vote using a simple, uniform post-card application. Congress passed the NVRA in 1993 to make voter registration more accessible to all voters, particularly those who had suffered from discriminatory and unfair voter registration practices.
In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Most Americans don’t realize that every year is an election year, but 1,500 elections will be on the ballot in 2013. Today, thousands of organizations are working in their local districts and through social media to register tens of thousands of voters in order to make sure no one is left out.
If you are not registered to vote or have recently changed your address, take 30 seconds to register using this exciting new online registration tool powered by OurTime.org, and check out http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org to learn more, register online, or find an in-person registration event near you!