National Voter Registration Day called students and volunteers to grab their clipboards, set up tables and register voters on campuses and in communities across Alabama and the rest of the country. Sept. 25, 2012 marked the first National Voter Registration Day. Enthusiasm certainly wasn't lacking in the Auburn-Opelika community.
The National Voter Registration Day is a single day of coordinated efforts nationwide to make sure as many Americans as possible are able to cast their ballots on November 6. The day of action was sponsored by 98 national and local partners, including the Campaign for Youth, the California State University system, Autism Speaks and the American Democracy Project, as well as by hundreds of event sponsors around the country.
In this community alone, volunteers registered voters at local high schools, Auburn University and Southern Union State Community College. The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization committed to registering voters and advocating for women's issues, had a registration table at the Kroger on East Glenn Avenue.
The results are still coming in, but the National Voter Registration Day website has reported that 9,882 volunteers were able to register 288,027 voters yesterday, according to the most recent counts.
“Voting is the best way to share your political opinion in a way that matters. We want to make sure everyone has the chance to cast a ballot in November,” says Natalie Donnell, an Auburn student registering voters in the student center.
“It's important to register to vote because it's important to have a voice in American politics. Women have had the right to vote for less than 100 years and I know some women were force fed in order to gain me my right to vote. I believe it is an insult to their memory to not vote,” says Rachel McGovern, a volunteer registering student voters at the University of Florida.
Although the National Voter Registration Day is over, it isn't too late to register in Alabama. Our voter registration deadline is Oct. 26, 2012. If you need to register to vote or aren't sure if you are already registered, need to check your voting address, polling location or other voter registration information, visit www.AlabamaVotes.gov.
Most importantly, don't forget Election Day is November 6. Your ballot matters. Cast it.