Statement from Page Gardner, Founder and CEO of The Voter Participation Center, about Georgia Registration Effort

June 21st, 2012

Voter registration applications sent to unregistered Georgians by the Voter Participation Center (VPC) were official state forms which were included in a mail package approved by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.  The VPC ,which has been mailing registration applications to Georgia voters since 2006 and has helped register numerous Georgians to vote, and worked with Kristen Riley, the Voter Services Manager at the Georgia Secretary of State, to finalize the state form before it was sent.

“It is misleading for any election official to assert that these forms–which use the Georgia voter registration form– are anything but legitimate.  When completed they will help millions of Georgians register to voter. The real crisis in the state of Georgia is the fact that 2.5 million people in the state are unregistered.  Local elections officials can help by encouraging, not discouraging, people to register and vote,” said VPC Founder and CEO, Page Gardner.

91,306 applications were sent this month by the VPC — which has helped register more than one million voters nationally since the non-profit was founded in 2004 — to unmarried women, people of color, and young people who are unregistered to vote in the state of Georgia.

Right now, 2.5 million people are unregistered to vote in Georgia and, 1.5 million are members of the Rising American Electorate — the unmarried women, people of color and young people under 30 who now make up the majority of the voting eligible population — 53 percent nationally. The RAE is the target of the VPC’s registration efforts.