It’s a volatile time for politics in the US, which is why it’s more important than ever to have your say. While we all know that we’re incredibly fortunate to live in a democracy and that it’s our responsibility to vote, it can be difficult to set aside the time to register to do so. But don’t fret, friends, because we’ve got you covered. Today is National Voter Registration Day!
According to the National Voter Registration Day website, September 26 “is a national holiday celebrating our democracy.” First observed in 2012 and held annually on the fourth Tuesday of September, it serves one main purpose: to get people registered to vote.
And all the effort is paying off. In 2016, more than 750,000 voters across all 50 states used National Voter Registration Day to register to vote.
“Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register,” the site explains. Those working on behalf of NVRD hope to remedy that by registering tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of new voters through a coordinated effort of awareness and encouragement.
Registering is super simple. Head over to NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org to find out more about registering online, or check Vote.gov to get information specific to registration in your state. In just a few minutes, you’ll be on your way to exercising your democratic right to choose your leadership and vote on the issues that affect you and those you care about.
And if you happen to be an overseas or military voter, visit the Overseas Vote Foundation to get yourself all set up.
Do you know someone who needs help registering to vote? Tag them @BritandCo!
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