Today (Sept. 24) is National Voter Registration Day and celebs want to remind you to make sure you stand up fulfill your civic responsibility.
It’s the 8th annual nonpartisan national day to celebrate our democracy on the fourth Tuesday of September, first observed in 2012 in an effort to help the millions of Americans who find out they’re unable to vote because they didn’t update their registration, missed a registration deadline or don’t know how to get registered.
Among the A-listers posting reminders to stand up and be counted: Taylor Swift, Meek Mill, Faith Hill, Ryan Reynolds, Panic! at the Disco and Walk the Moon. (See their tweets below).
In addition to the thousands of volunteers who are hitting the streets all over the country today to create awareness about registering in an effort to register more than 250,000 eligible voters for the first time, more than 4,000 non-profit organizations nationwide are pitching in as well to get the word out. “States, counties and cities across the nation are having elections this year with more than 35,000 seats up for grabs, yet there remains an alarming number of people unable to vote due to lack of proper registration,” said Patrick Sweeney, political director at EveryLibrary, one of the key national partners behind the holiday in a statement. “To compound the problem, more than 60% of unregistered voters say they were never asked to register, which makes initiatives such as National Voter Registration Day of critical importance.”
Why is it so important to register in the lead-up to next year’s presidential and congressional elections? According to a recent Brennan Center analysis, at least 17 million voters were purged from voting rolls nationwide between 2016 and 2018, with counties with a history of voter discrimination continuing to purge people from the rolls at high rates. Visit this site to find out where National Voter Registration Day events are in your area.
Text “CHECK” to 504-09 to find out if you’re registered, and see some of the celeb messages below.
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) September 23, 2019
— IG | Taylor Swift via Instagram story — “HEY! September 24 is National Voter Registration Day!” —-
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) September 23, 2019
good morning ?? today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay!!!
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT
— K.Flay (@kflay) September 24, 2019
— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) September 24, 2019
— hippo campus (@thehalocline) September 24, 2019
— The Disco Biscuits (@disco_biscuits) September 24, 2019
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 24, 2019
“Because Trump is such a visceral assault on the senses, I think people have forgotten the power of voting for something as opposed to against something.”#NationalVoterRegistrationDay #BetweentheScenes pic.twitter.com/An6GXX0tU7
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 24, 2019
— Panic! At The Disco (@PanicAtTheDisco) September 24, 2019
The 2020 elections will include: 1 president, 1 vice president, 34 seats in the Senate, 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 11 states and 2 territories will elect a governor, and 46 state legislative elections. #iamavoter #NationalVoterRegistrationDay
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) September 24, 2019
Have you moved? Gotten married? Turned 18? Or just ready to make your voice heard? Well, today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay so make sure you’re #VoteReady! Confirm you’re registered to vote at your current address with @WhenWeAllVote: https://t.co/ATPmoLoyNG pic.twitter.com/0mehTdhAs6
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) September 24, 2019
Last month, 17-year-old David Ledbetter registered voters while he waited in line at a North Carolina Popeyes.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) September 24, 2019
— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) September 24, 2019
hello and happy tuesday.
today is National Voter Registration day. if you’re not registered to vote, @HeadCountOrg will get you sorted. we promise it’s super easy. together, we can change the world for the better, but we have to take action. hearts, WTM. https://t.co/E9aRA2ZNgC pic.twitter.com/l0pkMfq5Mj
— WALK THE MOON (@WALKTHEMOONband) September 24, 2019