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Tuesday (9/22) is National Voter Registration Day

File photo: TAMIU holds National Voter Registration Day event
File photo: TAMIU holds National Voter Registration Day event(KGNS)
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 9:25 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Tuesday, September 22, 2020 is National Voter Registration Day. Celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday started in 2012. Nearly 3 million voters have registered to vote of all political ideologies and affiliations have registered on National Voter Registration Day and almost half of those three million registrations took place in 2018 (865,000) or 2019 (474,000).

This year, organizers say over 4,500 community groups have partnered with National Voter Registration Day to combat the impact of COVID-19 on voter registration by organizing both virtual and safe, in-person voter registration drives in communities nationwide. According to organizers, many voter registration field programs have been brought to a halt amid the pandemic and the number of new and updated voter registrations collected across the country has fallen dramatically since March.

Statement from Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill

On Tuesday, September 22, people from across the country and who span across all sides of the political spectrum will come together to promote voter registration and civic engagement as we observe National Voter Registration Day.

In the last several years, nearly three million Americans have registered to vote on this important day. In a monumental election year such as this one, I encourage everyone who is interested and eligible to take a few minutes tomorrow to register to vote.

Eligible Alabamians can visit AlabamaVotes.gov, download the mobile app “Vote for Alabama”, or contact their county board of registrars office.

Voting is fundamental to our representative democracy, and the civic participation of Alabamians is critical to our success as a state.

By going to the polls on November 3 or casting an absentee ballot, voters have the ability to express their concerns and voice their opinions. While voting may look different this year, the opportunity to have your voice heard remains the same.

I am proud of the work that has been accomplished at the local, state, and federal levels to see that the ability to participate in the electoral process goes without barrier.

Google Doodle Celebrate National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and a special Google Doodle on our homepage will help connect people with authoritative information about their state’s requirements.

Google Doodle - National Voter Registration Day 2020
Google Doodle - National Voter Registration Day 2020(Source: Google)

When you click on the Doodle, you’ll be taken to a tool that will help you understand how to register in your state and get basic voter information ahead of the election on November 3rd. It will be available in both English and Spanish.

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