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GET YOUR DEMOCRACY ON!

Good morning, America--it's National Voter Registration Day!

Hey America–wake up and smell the democracy! Held each year on the fourth Tuesday of September, today (September 25th) is National Voter Registration Day. It was first recognized in 2012 when a crazy amount of people registered to vote, and now it has only gained popularity because who doesn’t love democracy?!

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS VOTER REGISTRATION DAY?

Valid question. So many eligible American voters find themselves unable to vote when the time comes because they are not sure how to register, miss a registration deadline, or don’t update their registration forms. So, National Voter Registration Day was imposed to give everyone the opportunity to vote by creating voter awareness and giving people the chance to sign up before the cutoff date approaches. So basically, this day is v important to the democratic health of America–to say the least.

NVRDbanner.jpgWHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?

So the logistics are as follows: Various organizations and dedicated volunteers take to the streets to inform people of how to register to vote, when to vote, and where to do it. These individuals try to reach as many people as they can to give them all the info they need in order to vote. Volunteers in the community can register people to vote at workplaces, schools, public events, or really anywhere! Big bonus: these newly registered voters are informed about where they can vote when voting day comes. So they are sure not to miss the opportunity to vote. National Voter Registration Day educates voters in all 50 states not only about where to vote, but also how to check their registration online, how to get ballots via mail delivery, options for early voting and more.

THE IMPORTANCE

Today is all about democracy and civil unity. It is a day to set aside personal differences and embrace the beauty that democracy gives us. It is a day that gives us, as voters, the opportunity to change the course of American history. It is a day for us to vote for the people and issues that we believe in. It is more than just signing up to vote. It is about bringing the issues we care about to the light and making America a better place for everyone, by the people for the people.

NOW WHAT?

You can register to vote in your community or sign up online here. You can also call 866-OUR-VOTE to get answers to common voting questions. However you decide to register, democrat will thank you. After you are registered, be sure to learn about your state’s candidates who are running and be knowledgeable about the issues at stake before Election Day. Election Day in the U.S. is the Tuesday following the first Monday in November–so this year that is November 6th. (Make sure that’s on your calendar!) While many state and local races will be decided on the 6th, you may be able to vote early or by absentee ballot. Definitely look into that if you are unable to vote on Election Day. Also, this year the federal elections, or mid-term elections for seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will be held in November. THIS. IS. HUGE. (For more info about that, head over to USAGov.com and learn all about it.)

Support democracy and be democratic (for lack of a better word)!

Interested in voting, but have no one to register with? Find democratic gals on the Hey! VINA app today and get registered!

 

 

Lauren Harano is a sun-kissed Californian who packed up and moved to New York City shortly after her college graduation from CU Boulder in May. She is the Editorial and Marketing Assistant for the online publication VINAZINE and has had the opportunity to grace the print pages of Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines with her words, insights and skills. In her free time, she enjoys finding the best Mexican restaurants in the city and reading in Central Park on a sunny afternoon. Most importantly, she believes that every day is a good day to have a good day.

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