Sunday, September 15, 2019

It’s National Voter Registration Day!

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Today is National Voter Registration Day. Due to the fact that in 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they either missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register, NVRD was created to make sure no one is left out this year. Happening today, civic-engagement groups, celebrities and volunteers will be out and about making big efforts in order to get people registered and interested in engaging their civil rights.

Through the National Voter Registration website you will be able to search what events are open in your area that you can attend. Some cities have their local Ben & Jerry’s giving out free Empower Mint flavored ice cream for people who are registering to vote, while other cities have high school students volunteering to register people to vote. Even though the students may not be able to register to vote themselves, they recognize the importance of voter registration and are working to get their communities involved.

Meanwhile, a group of fifty-six women’s media brands, including magazines like Glamour and Vogue, have teamed together with the goal of registering at least 100,000 women by Election Day. The non-profit Rock The Vote partnered up with the publications to start the campaign #OurVoteCounts, beginning on National Voter Registration Day. MTV is also involving themselves in NVRD by bringing back their classic franchise,“Total Registration Live,” a one-hour special encouraging millennials to register to vote. Airing tonight at 6 p.m. ET the show will host celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Camila Cabello.

Voto Latino has been focusing on the Latino voters in order to make sure they’ll be able to vote in the upcoming election with a PSA titled “Ganas”. The short video focuses the power of the Latino electorate and touches on several issues that Latinos in the U.S. deal with such as student debt and the gender pay gap. The video was released today in honor of National Voter Registration Day. This is one of Voto Latino’s final efforts to push Latinos to vote while giving a big reminder to the community that their growing demographic has a strong influence when it comes time to hit the voting booth.

Many celebrities have also taken it upon themselves to use their social platforms in order to bring people into the voting booths come November. Mariah Carey, Dwayne Johnson, T.I., Olivia Wilde, amongst others have taken to Twitter to send out words of encouragement, reminding and encouraging their followers to register. Even the cast of the hit TV show, “Will & Grace”, reunited to film a short clip that features the characters, together again after ten years, comically discussing the upcoming presidential election.

 

Written by Maria Taminez