National Voter Registration Day

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Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Homeboy Industries’ Jose Osuna, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, USC’s Jenny Di, and Supervisor Don Knabe

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas issued a call to action on National Voter Registration Day, noting 1.2 million of Los Angeles County’s eligible voters have yet to register.

“Voting is a simple yet powerful act,” he said Tuesday. “The ability to freely cast a ballot and vote is fundamental to a healthy civic life, and registering to vote is a prerequisite to exercise that right.”

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said registering never been easier, and he urged eligible voters to do any one of the following:

  • register online;
  • call (800) 481-VOTE;
  • pick up a mail-in registration form at most government buildings, including libraries, post offices, and fire stations; or
  • go to any office of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Your_Vote_Counts_Badge“We want to encourage eligible voters to register to vote, to exercise their democratic franchise to choose their representation, and to participate in the decisions that shape the policies of their government,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

 “If you don’t vote on Tuesday, don’t complain on Wednesday,” he added.

Also Tuesday, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas awarded scrolls to the Registrar-Recorder/County, University of Southern California, and Homeboy Industries, whom he called “partners who advocate for civic engagement and strive to close the registration gap.”

Registar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said, “We are the largest county in the most populous state in the greatest nation. We have the opportunity to have the broadest impact in the election process – but it starts with being registered to vote.”

The University of Southern California, through the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics, reached out to students Tuesday by holding a National Voter Registration Day event on campus. Last year’s inaugural  event signed up 400 new voters.

Homeboy Industries held its own voter registration drive Tuesday at Homegirl Café, a safe and familiar venue for formerly incarcerated individuals to learn about the civic engagement and voting process.