It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard Campaign Update
A Message from the AAUW President
In the last presidential election, at least 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2010, even more people stayed home – especially the young people of the millennial generation, who had made such waves just two years before. In 2012, AAUW has become a partner of the National Voter Registration Day program to do our part to make sure no one is left out this election year – especially those young women who have yet to make voting a habit.
On September 25, 2012, volunteers, celebrities, public officials, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. AAUW is taking this great idea one step further, and declaring this National Voter Registration Week for our It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard campaign. This time of coordinated grassroots, social media, and public relations efforts will help increase awareness of voter registration opportunities and the process to get on the rolls. We’ll also take the opportunity to educate voters about the various voter ID rules at play in their states, to ensure that both newly registered and longtime voters don’t face obstacles on Election Day.
I’m so proud of the AAUW members and It’s My Vote campaign volunteers, who will be working in their own communities registering tens of thousands of voters in a single day. We’ll also be collecting pledges to vote from both new registrants and the already registered; we’ll mail these reminders to participants just before the election to remind them of their pledge to vote. Best of all, National Voter Registration Day/Week will be an opportunity to put our political differences aside and celebrate the rights that unite us as Americans. Sounds like a job for AAUW!
Yours in AAUW,