Boyle Heights residents cast their votes at Aliso-Pico Recreation Center. / Photo by Jonathan Olivares
With only six weeks until the Nov. 6 general election, a national action led by a group of non profits is encouraging Americans across the country to register to vote by celebrating National Voter Registration Day today.
According to the website NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org, “In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.” To prevent this, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations will “hit the streets” to raise awareness on voter registration deadlines and opportunities and register as many Americans as possible on Sept. 25, 2012.
Several events will be held across Los Angeles, including a press conference at California State University, Los Angeles with Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas followed by local artists.
Volunteers will also be staging a “ride along,” registering voters on Metrolink light rail lines and at Union Station.
Just yesterday, new legislation was passed to increase voter participation in California elections after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to allow citizens to vote on election day. Under the current law, voters must register at least 15 days before an election. However, it could take several years for the law to take effect until a statewide voting database is implemented.
To locate National Registration events in your area, visit http://events.nationalvoterregistrationday.org/events