Tuesday, September 24th, marked the second annual National Voter Registration Day – a day dedicated to empowering communities by registering voters. Hundreds of community-based organizations across the country hosted voter registration drives and other get-out-the vote events.
A non-partisan effort, the creators of NVRD were bothered by the fact that 6 million Americans did NOT vote in 2008 because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. The result: a massive campaign to encourage voter registration. Hundreds of organizations hosted events, and the Twitter-scape was ripe with voter registration messages from celebrities from Rosario Dawson and Lewis Black, various Members of Congress, and organizations such as Nonprofit VOTE and Rock the Vote, both organizations NACHC partners with. Overall, there were 1,500 tweets using the hashtag #CelebrateNVRD creating over 9 million impressions!
Health centers play an extremely important role in empowering the communities in which they work. That’s why most already are involved in registering their patients to vote. Community Health Vote, a project of NACHC, offers an online portal that will allow you to easily register to vote with just a few quick questions. The portal also gives registrants the option to become health center advocates. Encouraging patients to register to vote and vote is an invaluable function of health centers as community leaders.