On Tuesday, citizens across the United States celebrated National Voter Registration Day. Throughout the country, volunteers helped tens of thousands of voters to register. In Los Angeles, California State University, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California among others participated.
The Board of Supervisors asked the Registrar-Recorder to ensure that all citizens of Los Angeles County have an opportunity to register and vote. Representatives from five community organizations were recognized for their contributions to voter registration including Anjuli Kronheim Kats from Bend the Arc, Leila Pederson from Common Cause, Neda Bolourchi from League of Women Voters, Jodi Epstein from USC, and Chris Lee from Korean American Coalition.
“Voting is one of the most simple yet powerful acts for social change in our society, but too few citizens take full advantage of this hard-won right,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
In Los Angeles County, an estimated 1.2 million eligible citizens of voting age have not yet registered to vote. Nationally, six million Americans did not vote in the 2008 presidential election because they missed the registration deadline or did not know how to register. The National Voter Registration Act was passed in 1993 to increase the political participation of historically unrepresented people, and section 7 requires that public offices provide public assistance with voter registration. In 2012, National Voter Registration Day was first recognized.
“We must make every effort to encourage and assist citizens to register and vote to close the registration gap,” the Supervisor said.
In preparation for the November election, the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder/county clerk has launched a new voter-friendly website. The new site is easier to navigate on mobile devices and desktop computers. The deadline to register for the November 4 election is October 20.
Register to vote or check your voter status at www.lavote.net.