Washington, DC, January 20, 2021 — Tom Lopach, President and CEO of the VPC and CVI, released the following statement on today’s historic inauguration. Since 2003, the Voter Participation Center (VPC) and Center for Voter Information (CVI) have provided 5.7 million Americans with the tools and information they need to register and get to the polls.
“Today, with the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris, we witnessed the resilience of our democratic institutions and the acknowledgement of the decision millions of voters across the country made in November.
“The inauguration of a new president is a tradition celebrating American democracy and the peaceful transfer of power. It is also a day filled with hope and the recognition of an enduring republic powered by the people. We must not forget that we saw historic voter turnout in the 2020 election, the highest since 1908. It was likely the most diverse electorate, with the participation of members of the New American Majority—young people, unmarried women, and people of color—helping to elect Kamala Harris, the first woman and woman of color to be vice president. But it is clear we still have work to do to ensure all eligible voters are able to safely make their voices heard.
“2020 tested our institutions and made clear that our democracy is only as strong as our commitment to fight for it, and we’re proud to continue the work of bringing democracy to voters’ doorsteps. Every citizen must be able to exercise the right to vote and participate in democracy. We look forward to the new administration and new Congress as they work to put forward legislation to protect voting rights for Americans.”
The Voter Participation Center and Center for Voter Information are non-profit, non-partisan organizations founded in 2003 to help members of the New American Majority – unmarried women, people of color and young people – register and vote. Since then, the organizations have helped 5.7 million people register and cast ballots.
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