|Did you know that a whopping 59 million eligible voters are not even registered to do so? And, that in our most recent presidential election, only 64 percent of Americans voted? Throughout history, men and women have fought—and died—for this right. And in other parts of the world, this privilege is still denied to many.Voting is important. It affects every aspect of our lives—from schools to healthcare to national security. It’s up to all of us to encourage and promote both voter registration and turnout. Keep reading for some ways to do so in your community.|
Why don’t people register to vote?
There are a number of reasons people don’t register to vote nor visit the polls with regularity. According to recent voter-registration statistics, schedule conflicts, illness or disability, and an overall lack of interest are cited as top reasons for not voting. Others on the list include registration problems, inconvenient polling places, transportation issues and absentmindedness. Surely something can be done about some of these! Here are a few ideas:
Remember, just because you get them registered doesn’t mean they’ll vote. Be sure your promotion goes beyond registration and gets people to the polls. Think about offering free bus fare on Election Day. Or, organize a shuttle that leaves from your local senior center, YMCA® or neighborhood school.
Helping people in your community participate in Election Day isn’t just the nice thing to do—it’s the right thing to do. Now get out and vote!
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