Today is National Voter Registration Day (NVRD)! The National MS Society is partnering with NVRD to help you make a difference in the November 6, 2012 election. NVRD is a non-partisan event aiming to get individuals registered to vote in the upcoming election.
The U.S. Census reported that 6 million people (more than twice the population of Chicago!) failed to cast a ballot in the 2008 election because they either didn’t know how to register or they missed their local registration deadline (click here for your state’s registration deadline). This year, NVRD is trying to make sure that no one is left out of the U.S. political process. Since the 2010 Census, 15 million Americans have become eligible to vote. Trends indicate that people with disabilities register to vote at a rate 16 percent lower than other Americans and that more than one in ten eligible voters has a disability. People with disabilities are a critical constituency and their voices must be heard!
Today, for NVRD, volunteers will be hosting events throughout communities across the U.S. aiming to register tens of thousands of voters online and offline in a single day! Do you think we can reach that goal? You can click here to find a NVRD event near you!
Are you eligible to vote? To be eligible to vote you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen;
- Be over the age of 18; and
- Comply with state laws on residency, felony status, and mental competency.
Thirty states also have voter identification laws, which all voters must comply with. Click here to find out more about your state’s voter ID laws.
Visit the Society’s Election 2012 page for more information on the upcoming election. It is important to register so that on November 6, 2012 you can cast your votes for U.S. President, U.S. House of Representatives, local and State elections, and in some states, the U.S. Senate. We urge you to take a few minutes today to register to vote and make your voice heard on November 6th!