Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day - a day when volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” to help create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities and reach thousands of voters that otherwise might not get registered to have their voices heard come Election Day 2012.
There’s no doubt this election year is a pivotal one in politics. If you’re 18 years old or older and haven’t yet registered to vote, then listen up! Watch Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote, talk about the importance of your vote in this year’s presidential election and what you can do to rock the vote:
“It’s a big moment, when so many people are paying attention to politics, that it’s a huge opportunity for us to bring millions of new people into the process – getting them educated, registered and turn out for election day,” Smith said.
The first step to making your mark on the election is to register. “Right now there are approximately 45 million 18-29 year olds eligible to vote … and yet only 40 percent are registered,” Smith said. But once registered, this demographic turns out to the polls in large numbers, making it a vital voting bloc in this election.
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Rock the Vote’s new Democracy Class is just one program aimed at getting more voters registered. The program targets the high-school population, helping them become educated about the voting process, the right to vote, and getting them eager to vote as soon as they are eligible. For more information on Democracy class and other campaigns, visit rockthevote.org.
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