Started in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is celebrated every third Tuesday of September as an effort to spread awareness about voter registration opportunities and reach voters who might not otherwise register. This year, your Library can amplify and join in the efforts to help teens register to vote in upcoming elections. Here are four ways you can join in.
- Become a partner: Sign up to be National Voter Registration Day partner sites. ALA recently hosted a webinar on how you can participate, you can watch the recording here.
- Find a partner in your area: You might already have a local organization like League of Women Voters that is a partner already, looking for a home for their event.
- See what’s already planned in your area: You can find out what events are already registered in your area on this handy map.
- Use their helpful resources: National Voter Registration Day partners with NonProfit VOTE to provide valuable information about voting rules, deadlines, and ID laws for each state. If you have teens wondering about voting for the first time, what ID they will need to take to the poll, how to register if they are homeless or housing insecure, this is a great resource.
ALA has a host of other resources around voter engagement and registration you might find useful. Especially the Voting & Elections Toolkit (by state) organized by the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT).