The latest on what we’re doing and what we’re paying attention to.
We have to admit it: In an age of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—to say nothing of Tumblr, Vine, and Meerkat—some people may think that “snail mail” is nearly as old school as the Pony Express itself.
But when you’re talking about voter registration, home-delivered mail is what works.
The Voter Participation Center (VPC) this month is mailing more than 1.4 million registration applications to prospective voters in eight states. The fall mail drop is the first stage of an ambitious campaign to register between 1 million and 1.5 million new voters during the 2016 presidential election season. In partnership with key national and state-based allies, VPC is providing eligible Americans a fast and easy way to participate in our democracy.
Rising Political Force Will Also Shape 2014 and 2016 U.S. Elections
Washington D.C. – Nov. 5, 2013 – By a landslide 42 points, unmarried women favored Democrat Terry McAuliffe over his Republican challenger in the Virginia governor’s race, exit polling shows. 67 percent of unmarried women (single, divorced, widowed, or separated) voted for McAuliffe as compared to just 25 percent for Cuccinelli. “The Virginia governor’s race has shown that, once again, unmarried women are a major political force in American politics that can make or break a race,” said Page Gardner, President of the non-profit Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund.
It’s Election Day! If you’re a registered voter and your state or municipality is holding an election today, head to the polls and make your voice heard!
If you are a Virginia voter, polls are open until 7pm tonight. You can find your polling place on the Virginia State Board of Elections website.
If you’re in New Jersey, New York City, or any of the other states or municipalities holding an election today, you can find polling place information at the Rock the Vote website.
This morning, using a novel social-media tool, the Voter Participation Center warned more than 1.5 million people that the deadline for voter registration in Virginia ends tomorrow. Called a Thunderclap, the online campaign enabled the Voter Participation Center (VPC) to reach Facebook and Twitter followers en masse with an urgent message that read: “The Last Day to Register to Vote in Virginia is October 15!
Washington, DC (August 6, 2012) — The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is asking the Virginia State Board of Elections (VSBOE) to deny demands from the Romney for President campaign that could result in the rejection of 16,000 valid voter registration applications from qualified Virginians.
Since 2004, the non-partisan VoterParticipationCenterhas sent out 32 million voter registration applications. Over the years, a tiny percentage of that mail unavoidably went to the wrong person. That is not news.
What is significant is that — because of our work — 1.5 million Americans have been registered to vote, and millions of ballots have been cast by people who would otherwise have been frozen out of participating in our democracy.
Links to Attorney General letters below.
Attempts by the Romney for President Campaign to block voter registration efforts in Virginia “may rise to the level of interference with legitimate voter registration efforts contrary to applicable state and federal laws,” the Voter Participation Center (VPC) said today in a letter to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
The VPC today asked the Attorney General to refuse the Romney for President Campaign’s request to investigate completely lawful efforts by the VPC to register Virginians. The VPC also asked the Attorney General to deny the Campaign’s request that State Board of Elections officials direct registrars to refuse to accept official, state approved voter registration applications submitted by eligible voters in the Commonwealth.
“The Romney campaign’s request for a probe into over 15 thousand returned legal and state-approved registration application forms is part of a blatant and ongoing partisan effort to keep people from voting,” explained VPC founder and president Page Gardner. “We see it everywhere –voter purges in Florida, Texas and Colorado; onerous voter ID laws, which Pennsylvania State GOP House Leader Mike Turzai recently admitted serve no purpose other than to elect Republicans. We will fight these efforts to disenfranchise voters in Virginia and in every other state.”
Seventy-three (73) million Americans are unregistered in American today.
Every four years, the presidential election provides a huge and unique opportunity to expand the voting universe. Americans excited by the once every-four-year election are more likely to register to vote than in other years. And that’s an opportunity we’ve seized at the Voter Participation Center.
ALBUQUERQUE – A non-profit voter registration group drew the ire of the Secretary of State and the Doña Ana County Clerk earlier this week for…wait for it…trying to get more New Mexicans registered to vote.
The Voter Participation Center (VPC) mails the official, federal National Voter Registration Application from the U.S.